After a hefty waiting period Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly is finally going to be released on vinyl. The record version of the album will be released on the 2nd of October via Top Dawg Entertainment, a full seven months since the initial album/digital release. An album that most will probably hail as the best of 2015 so far, the jazz-infused hip hop is sure to sound even greater on wax.
To Pimp a Butterfly was straight up revolutionary, addressing themes of race, poverty, class and power in a way that was both lyrically extraordinary and indicative of a deep social conscience. Lamar really changed the game of rap and hip-hop, which is made evident through the repeated love and respect that we have for his work on the site. It should come as no surprise then, that it is getting the vinyl treatment. The album ranked second on Paste’s list of the top 25 albums of the year, and will go down in history as one of the most important albums of our generation.
The sixteen tracks will take up two flat black LPs, and will cost a fairly pricey $27.99 in US dollars. No, it won’t boast any added tracks, remixes, live tracks or exclusives, but that shouldn’t stop the vinyl fanatics from pouncing on it. Thankfully you can pre-order a copy here.