To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

God, there’s so much to talk about on this album, a magnus opus that combines slam poetry, jazz, funk, and the utter genius of Kendrick Lamar to create a contender for the best rap album of all time. It begins with “Wesley’s Theory”, a complex masterwork full of strong, defined harmony (that’s why you getContinue reading “To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar”

good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar brilliantly covers a Compton upbringing in the incredible concept album good kid, m.A.A.d city; I don’t really know how to talk about the themes of this album, because I honestly don’t know what he’s been through, but it’s absolutely right that Kendrick be awarded a Pulitzer prize for talking about this environment. AsContinue reading “good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Deluxe) – Kendrick Lamar”

Lemonade – Beyonce

You know, I had heard this album was good, but I was knocked over by the vocal opening to “Pray You Catch Me”. This album is incredible. You’ve got some really cool scale stuff from a theory perspective, like the Lydian/Ionian mode mixture on “Hold Up” and the move three steps down on the scaleContinue reading “Lemonade – Beyonce”