Kendrick Lamar releases ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ album a week earlier than expected

New album available on iTunes and Spotify seven days ahead of schedule

Kendrick Lamar has released his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ on iTunes and Spotify a week earlier than expected.

The album, which features the songs ‘The Blacker The Berry’ and ‘i’, was originally due for release on March 23 but is available to stream and download now.

‘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’ is as follows:

‘Wesley’s Theory’
‘For Free? (Interlude)’
‘King Kunta’
‘Institutionalized’
‘These Walls’
‘U’
‘Alright’
‘For Sale? (Interlude)’
‘Momma’
‘Hood Politics’
‘How Much A Dollar Cost’
‘Complexion’
‘The Blacker The Berry’
‘You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)’
‘i’
‘Mortal Man’

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.