It’s not exactly “Songs in the Key of Life” or “What’s Going On.” But Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” set a record yesterday. Spotify says the R&B album was streamed 9.6 million times in 24 hours. The irony is that the album was supposed to be released next Tuesday but was “leaked” or something yesterday. I say or something because the idea that Interscope would somehow allow an album to be “accidentally” released seems preposterous. Anyway, it’s always good to take the audience by surprise. “Pimp” is full of samples, most especially The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady,” which is the foundation for the first single off Kendrick’s album. Ronald Isley is featured, which is good, I guess. What’s really good is that people wrote music in the 60s and 70s. Otherwise modern artists would have nothing to set their raps to.
Who’s that lady: