The record has been removed from digital outlets in the US
Kendrick Lamar released his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ a week earlier than expected today (March 16), but now it appears the rush-release was actually a mistake.
The album was originally due for release on March 23 but was made available early on iTunes and Spotify. Now, however, the CEO of Kendrick Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith, tweeted to “personally thank” label Interscope for “fucking up our release”. See that tweet below.
The album is still available via iTunes and Spotify in the UK but, as Billboard reports, has been taken down in the US.
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’. Lamar’s two most recent releases, ‘i’ and ‘The Blacker The Berry’, both feature on the album’s 16-song tracklisting. The latter was produced by Boi-1da, and references the 2012 killing of African American teenager Trayvon Martin. ‘i’ won Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance in February.
Speaking in a recent interview about the album, Lamar said the music ranges from “the intensely personal to the swaggeringly aggressive”.
The ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ tracklisting is as follows:
‘For Free? (Interlude)’
‘For Sale? (Interlude)’
‘How Much A Dollar Cost’
‘The Blacker The Berry’
‘You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)’
Lamar recently shared the album’s artwork online. It features a number of men, women and children in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Lamar posted the following comment next to the image: “Don’t all dogs go to heaven? Don’t Gangsta’s boogie? Do owl shit stank? Lions, Tigers & Bears. But TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY. Its the American dream n***a….”
Lamar will also appear at Wireless Festival in July, as will Drake, Avicii, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. The event takes place between July 3-5 at Finsbury Park in London. Knife Party, Gorgon City and Childish Gambino join Kendrick Lamar and Avicii on July 4.