Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album is one of my favourites so far this year. A complex, at times experimental album, it manages to remain fun and massively commercially successful. As a meditation on black identity and being a young black man in today’s USA, I don’t think its’ target audience is a mid-thirties, white accountant from the North of England, but I love it nonetheless.
Whilst there are many tracks on the album I enjoy, ‘King Kunta’ is the one that keeps me in good spirits on the Monday morning journey to work. Lyrically it’s all over the place, nominally about Kunta Kinte, a fictional 18th century African, it also covers rappers with ghost-writers, Bill Clinton, Richard Pryor and Michael Jackson. But when it’s this funky it could be about almost anything and it wouldn’t matter. Enjoy!