In the months (26 to be exact) following the release of Kendrick Lamar’s debut album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, questions started to pop in my head about a followup. Can he replicate his success? What will the album sound like? Will it be a storytelling album like the first? Those questions fueled many debates between friends thru text, Twitter, and various message boards.
A semblance of an answer came in September 2014 in the form of a a single, “i.” It was positive, uplifting, but a tad corny for my tastes. Nearly a month ago, we received the complete answer when To Pimp A Butterfly was released. In short, it’s captured my attention over the past four weeks. I’ve listened to it a few times and on my most recent listen last week I was able to grasp the themes and REALLY understand the message. A great album!
I’ve posted about PianOwned and his covers of neo-soul and rap songs in the past. He also released an album of original material, Words In Soul Out, in late 2013. With his past covers, it was no surprise he was into Kendrick’s latest album.
Below is a playlist of all the videos he’s uploaded with covers of TPAB songs. I’ll update the playlist as he adds more.