To Pimp a Butterfly. I've listened to this album so many times, and I still can't fully wrap my head around it. This isn't a review, just how I feel about it right now. To Pimp a Butterfly gives you a 70's funk, soulful sound throughout the album. Since Overly Dedicated, Kendrick Lamar has always taken his music to the next level. But, it was kind of like he went into hiding some time between GKMC to now. Sure he's released a few singles here and there, been on a few features, but he hasn't been too public. I've been wondering why, until he answered my question on his song Mortal Man. This song gave everyone chills, especially after the conversation with Tupac. Throughout the song, Kendrick says, "When shit hits the fan, is you still a fan?" I thought about his single "I", and how people didn't really love it. I personally thought the song was a very positive message about loving yourself. But a lot of people felt he was changing his sound, or becoming too mainstream. Any artist is going to go through changes throughout their career, whether it's good or bad. Kendrick just wants to know will his fans still be there for him through everything. Are you a real fan. I think he felt like his fans were putting him under pressure, and that's why he's been behind the scenes. But, you can't hide forever, because you're still going to be dealing with the same things you were before you hid. After that realization, must be when he decided to drop this amazing album. The fact of the matter is, hip hop needs Kendrick. Whether we like it or not, we need someone who is going to continue to deliver Tupac's message.