Then he'd start recording with the lights off and it was super emotional. It was a 9-second clip that played right when the beat changed. What if we did that? That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody — and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head. I was really blown away that Kendrick was so into that song. What tripped me out is Kendrick originally said that he didn't want to do a verse on there. Eventually To Pimp A Butterfly took form, incorporating elements of jazz, funk, soul, spoken word, and hip-hop. He wants you to be uncomfortable.
He became the fuel for creating. But you aren't saving lives back home. And then he started throwing in bass and drum ideas. I texted him immediately after I heard it and asked if it was a true story. I got with and Sounwave to put it together. Prince heard the record, loved the record and the concept of the record got us to talking. I told him to say no more.
Lamar: I felt like I belonged in Africa. He wanted me to do two verses and Prince to do the hook. Lamar: The idea was to make a record that reflected all complexions of black women. Terrace Martin co-producer : If you dig deeper you hear the lineage of James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Mahalia Jackson, the sounds of Africa, and our people when they started over here. © 2019 - Recording Academy.
I thought this would be dope for my album. . But what made her special was that I knew that she was going to bring the content from a woman's perspective about complexion, being insecure and at the same time having gratitude for your complexion. In addition to the coveted Album Of The Year nomination, she's also up for Best New Artist. But listen to these words, like this is what happened. Reached out, we locked in a studio, and made it happen.
Rapsody featured artist : I was in New York the first time I got the call. This is for Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle. We needed to do the opposite of what our opposite thoughts were. From the moment that he passed I knew the things he was saying would eventually be carried on through someone else. I hear something different every time. Rocking with him took my craft to another level and that pushed me to make more records like that for the album.
When Tupac was here and I saw him as a 9-year-old, I think that was the birth of what I'm doing today. Simply put, the Canadian rapper spent the better part of the year shattering , and the ambitious and hit-laden double-disc album Scorpion was well worth the wait for fans. Everybody was talking about the verse and Kendrick was in Africa. A worthy follow up to its platinum-selling predecessor, To Pimp A Butterfly stands as a fearless and uncompromising manifestation of Lamar's desire to push the culture of rap forwards--a crusade that's as much in his blood as the city of Compton. Pluss: Kendrick is the type to not let anybody know what he's doing. The message is bigger than the artist. Sounwave co-producer : I remember he took a trip to Africa and something in his mind just clicked.
Sounwave: That song is the album cover. I never asked what got into him that day. After releasing good kid, m. As he toured the country — visiting historic sites such as Nelson Mandela's jail cell on Robben Island — his worldview broadened, and so did his music. Like man, look where we at.
I think that's something we all did playing that record. It's funny because a lot of this album was created eating Yoshinoya and watching cartoons. That's how that siren sound came out and it put the beat on another level. It was so funky and so black. The mic was on and I could hear him walking back and forth and having these super angry vocals. Lamar wanted to make music that reflected the sounds of his upbringing in Compton, Calif. I could be talking all day about it.
I love everything about her, so I always wanted to work with her. Three months later, she made an equally powerful statement with her third studio album, Dirty Computer. Lamar: If you speak on this kind of subject matter you're labeled a conscious rapper. I just wanted to reverse it, tweak it and give it a new edge. On Golden Hour, Musgraves takes her signature stir-up of crafty lyric turns, progressive social themes and authentic twang to a new level, all while opening herself up more candidly than she has in the past.
That beat feels like my generation, right now. There's a separation between the light and the dark skin because it's just in our nature to do so, but we're all black. Before Kendrick confirmed the pre- Butterfly title, he was impressed to see that a group of journalists, on , had already suggested the idea that the title must be some sort of Tupac acronym. Me and Sounwave heard the piano but wanted another beat so we called Lalah Hathaway and got into the spirit of J Dilla. Responsibility for the accuracy of information provided in stories not written by or specifically prepared for the Academy lies with the story's original source or writer. At brief points Lamar does err on the side of self-indulgence, but for the most part his grandiosity is matched by his talent.