WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016 |
Posted by: Kirsten Spruch
It's no secret that Kendrick Lamar's latest album To Pimp A Butterfly has been a massive success. In addition to being nominated for several Grammy Awards, the critically-acclaimed record has also influenced thousands of people with its political lyrics and game changing production. We thought it'd be interesting to go behind the scenes of an album that raised the bar for so many artists. Here are 10 interesting things you probably didn't know about To Pimp A Butterfly.
10. The original album title was To Pimp A Caterpillar.
9. Dr. Dre and Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith were the executive producers. Boi-1da, Flying Lotus, Terrace Martin, Pharrell Williams, Knxwledge, Sounwave, Thundercat and several other hip hop producers also contributed to the record.
8. Producer Flying Lotus gave Lamar several tracks that were originally meant for Captain Murphy.
7. Apparently, Lamar worked with Prince, however did not have enough time to finish anything for the album.
6. When the rapper was on Kanye West's Yeezus Tour, he wrote the song "Mortal Man."
5. His song "i" uses a sample of "That Lady" performed by The Isley Brothers. Lamar personally visited lead singer Ronald Isley to request permission.
4. The album was recorded from 2012 to 2015.
3. Singer Bilal was featured on several tracks -- some of it started from an idea Lamar had and some of it was freestyle.
2. The song "Alright" uses the same sample that Pharrell Williams used on Rick Ross' track "Presidential."
1. In its first week of release, To Pimp A Butterfly debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 324,000 copies in the United States.