SPIN Review: Kendrick Lamar Returns With the Great American Hip-Hop Album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Azealia Banks — the immensely skilled and completely without-filter rapper who appeared in Playboy the same day that Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited To Pimp a Butterfly appeared for sale on iTunes a week early — told the magazine that Lamar is “playing that non-threatening black man shit, and that gets all the white soccer moms” to love him. This is as it should be, because unlike many rappers, the man born Kendrick Duckworth isn’t afraid to be misunderstood. K-Dot is the rare rapper who’s comfortable with others speaking for him because he’s comfortable speaking for others. Not that he talks over anyone or interrupts — he’s a starter, not an ender. Having the last word is so far from his interests; he doesn’t want anyone to have the last word. The last word means people will stop talking, and — on the evidence of his bled-out magnum opus — that’s one of the many, many things he’s afraid of.

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