Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Came Out One Week Early
The rapper's new LP snuck onto iTunes ahead of its supposed March 23 release
UPDATE THREE: It’s back on iTunes as of 1:00 pm on Monday.
UPDATE TWO: The album has been removed from iTunes. Last night, the head of Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment indicated that the release was indeed a mistake, and the removal of ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ seems to confirm this.
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The album is still available for streaming on Spotify, though it does not show up under Lamar’s artist page. Instead you have to search for ‘To Pimp a Butterfly.’ There’s no word yet if the album will return to the iTunes store ahead of the original March 23 release date, or how it was released a week early in the first place. In another tweet this afternoon, the TDE boss said he was “working on getting the iTunes link fixed.”
UPDATE ONE: The explicit version of the album is now available on iTunes.
Fighting a case of the Sunday blues and a big fan of rap records without the swears? You’re in luck: Kendrick Lamar — or someone at iTunes who’s about to lose their job — just released the censored version of the California rapper’s To Pimp a Butterfly one week early. Featuring special guests such as George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, and more — as well as already released tracks including “i,” “King Kunta,” and “The Blacker the Berry” — the LP may not be available officially for long once Lamar’s team catches wind of the goof up, so move quickly. Check out the album’s track list below.
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly track list:
1. “Wesley’s Theory” (Feat. George Clinton & Thundercat)
2. “For Free? (Interlude)”
3. “King Kunta”
4. “Institutionalized” (Feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)
5. “These Walls”
8. “For Sale? (Interlude)”
10. “Hood Politics”
11. “How Much A Dollar Cost” (Feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)
12. “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” (Feat. Rapsody)
13. “The Blacker The Berry”
14. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)”
16. “Mortal Man”