Playlist: Every Sample on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly

The likes of Michael Jackson, Sufjan Stevens, and James Brown shaped the sound of Butterfly.
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The likes of Michael Jackson, Sufjan Stevens, and James Brown shaped the sound of Butterfly.
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As we're sure you've heard by now, this week Kendrick Lamar released his colossal new album, To Pimp A Butterfly. (Read our review here.) For the most part, the album is jazzy and airy, giving Kendrick's dynamic delivery and poetry the room it demands to berth. It takes sonic cues from Flying Lotus’You're Dead! and D'Angelo’sBlack Messiah more than the sounds other rappers are peddling in 2015. Naturally, rap fans wanted to know what samples helped shape the sound of the LP.

Below you can listen to a Spotify playlist of every sample on To Pimp a Butterfly; from Boris Gardiner’s "Every Nigger is a Star" to Sufjan Stevens’ “All for Myself” to Fela Kuti’s “I No Get Eye for Back”.

To Pimp A Butterfly tracklist with samples:
01 Wesley’s Theory, samples Boris Gardiner’s “Every Nigger is a Star”
02 For Free? (Interlude)
03 King Kunta, samples James Brown’s “The Payback” and Ahmad’s “We Want the Funk”, resung lyrics from Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”
04 Institutionalized
05 These Walls
06 U
07 Alright
08 For Sale? (Interlude)
09 Momma, samples Lalah Hathaway’s “On Your Own” and Zapp & Roger’s “Computer Love”
10 Hood Politics, samples Sufjan Stevens’ “All for Myself”
11 How Much A Dollar Cost
12 Complexion
13 The Blacker The Berry
14 You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
15 i, samples The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady”
16 Mortal Man, samples Fela Kuti’s “I No Get Eye for Back” and an interview with Tupac from 1994.