On To Pimp a Butterfly, Lamar said: “Some people love it to death, some people hate it.”
Kendrick Lamar unveils his thoughts on the pressures many rappers experience after their debut album is a hit and they move on to release their sophomore project. His meteoric rise following Good Kid M.A.A.D City’s release was explored a bit in a newly surfaced interview for i-D featuring Baby Keem.
In the feature, Kendrick says: “I remember the sophomore jinx of Good Kid M.A.A.D City; it was for that year and for that time. I was in a different space in my life. I already knew off the top I can’t make Good Kid M.A.A.D City Part Two.” He added that it would’ve been corny for him to make two albums that sonically sound the same. “That takes the feeling away from the first. I need that muhfucka to live in its own world. Then boom, To Pimp a Butterfly. Some people love it to death, some people hate it,” he added.
Keem then asked if To Pimp A Butterfly was about Kendrick surprising himself with each new release. His response, “That was it. To Pimp a Butterfly did that for me. I had an idea in my head of how I wanted it to sound, built with jazz and blues and hip-hop.”