Kendrick Lamar ‎– To Pimp A Butterfly

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Top Dawg Entertainment ‎– B0023464-01, Aftermath Entertainment ‎– B0023464-01, Interscope Records ‎– B0023464-01
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
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A1 Wesley's Theory
Backing Vocals – Anna Wise, Ash Riser, Dr. Dre, Josef Leimberg, Whitney AlfordFeaturing – George Clinton, ThundercatHorns, Alto Saxophone – Terrace MartinProducer – Flying LotusProducer [Additional Production] – @PopWansel*, Sounwave, Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*Recorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*Trumpet – Josef LeimbergWritten-By – B. Gardiner*, G. Clinton*, K. Duckworth*
A2 For Free? (Interlude)
Alto Saxophone – Terrace MartinBacking Vocals – Anna Wise, Darlene TibbsBass – Brandon OwensDrums – Robert Sput Searight*Guitar – Marlon Williams (3)Organ – Craig BrockmanPiano – Robert GlasperProducer – Terrace MartinRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*Written-By – K. Duckworth*, R. McKinney*, T. Martin*
A3 King Kunta
Backing Vocals – Whitney AlfordBass – Miles Mosley, Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*Cello – Adrienne Woods, Ginger MurphyGuitar [Additional Guitar] – Marlon Williams (3), Matt SchaefferProducer – SounwaveProducer [Additional Production] – Terrace MartinRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*, Matt SchaefferTrombone – Ryan PorterViola – Andrea Whitt, Molly RogersViolin – Jen Simone, Neel Hammond, Tylana EnomotoWritten-By – A. Lewis*, D. Blake*, K. Duckworth*, M. Spears*, M. Jackson*, S. Gordy*, T. Lane (2)
A4 Institutionalized
Backing Vocals – Taz Arnold AKA Ti$a*Cello – Gabriel NoelClarinet – Pedro Castro (4)Featuring – Anna Wise, Bilal, Snoop DoggKeyboards – Sam BarshProducer – Fredrik "Tommy Black" Halldin, RahkiRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*Violin – Paul CartwrightWritten-By – C. Smith*, F. Halldin*, K. Duckworth*, S. Barsh*
A5 These Walls
Alto Saxophone – Terrace MartinBass [Additional Bass] – Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*Cello – Adrienne Woods, Ginger MurphyDouble Bass [Upright Bass] – Miles MosleyFeaturing – Anna Wise, Bilal, ThundercatGuitar – Gregory Moore*, Marlon Williams (3)Keyboards – Larrance Dopson, Robert Glasper, Terrace MartinPercussion – Larrance DopsonProducer – Larrance Dopson, Terrace MartinProducer [Additional Production] – SounwaveRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*Trombone – Ryan PorterTrumpet – Josef LeimbergViola – Andrea Whitt, Molly RogersViolin – Jen Simone, Neel Hammond, Tylana EnomotoWritten-By – A. Wise*, J. Fauntleroy*, K. Duckworth*, L. Dopson*, R. McKinney*, T. Martin*
B1 U
Alto Saxophone, Keyboards – Terrace MartinBacking Vocals – Bilal, Jessica Vielmas, SZA (2), WhoareiBaritone Saxophone – Adam Turchan*Guitar – Marlon Williams (3)Producer – Taz Arnold AKA Ti$a*, WhoareiProducer [Additional Production] – SounwaveRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, Matt SchaefferTenor Saxophone – Kamasi WashingtonWritten-By – K. Duckworth*, M. Brown*, T. Arnold*
B2 Alright
Alto Saxophone – Terrace MartinBacking Vocals – Candace Wakefield, Pharrell Williams, Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*Engineer [Additional Engineering] – Andrew Coleman (3), Hart Gunther, Mike Larson (4)Producer – Pharrell WilliamsProducer [Additional Production] – SounwaveRecorded By – James "The White Black Man" Hunt*Written-By – K. Duckworth*, M. Spears*, P. Williams*
B3 For Sale? (Interlude)
Alto Saxophone, Keyboards – Terrace MartinBacking Vocals – Bilal, Preston Harris, SZA (2), Taz Arnold AKA Ti$h*Producer – Taz Arnold AKA Ti$h*Producer [Additional Production] – Sounwave, Terrace MartinRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*Trumpet – Josef LeimbergWritten-By – K. Duckworth*, M. Spears*, T. Arnold*
B4 Momma
Alto Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocoder – Terrace MartinBacking Vocals – Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Taz Arnold AKA Ti$h*Producer – Knxwledge, Taz Arnold AKA Ti$h*Recorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*Written-By – K. Duckworth*, L. Hathaway*, R. Patterson*, R. Rideout*, S. Stewart*, T. Arnold*
C1 Hood Politics
Backing Vocals – Anna Wise, Bilal, Dion Friley, Preston HarrisKeyboards – Robert Sput Searight*, Terrace MartinProducer – Sounwave, Tae Beast, ThundercatRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*Written-By – D. Perkins*, K. Duckworth*, M. Spears*, S. Bruner*, S. Stevens*
C2 How Much A Dollar Cost
Alto Saxophone, Keyboards – Terrace MartinCello – Adrienne Woods, Ginger MurphyDouble Bass [Upright Bass] – Gabriel Noel, Miles MosleyFeaturing – James Fauntleroy*, Ronald IsleyFlute – Rickey WashingtonFrench Horn – Amy SanchezGuitar – Marlon Williams (3)Percussion – Larrance DopsonProducer – LoveDragonRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*, Matt SchaefferRecorded By [Ronald Isley Verse] – Thomas Burns (3)Trombone – Ryan PorterTrumpet – Josef LeimbergViola – Andrea Whitt, Molly RogersViolin – Jen Simone, Neel Hammond, Paul Cartwright, Tylana EnomotoWritten-By – J. Fauntleroy*, J. Leimberg*, K. Duckworth*, R. McKinney*, T. Martin*
C3 Complexion (A Zulu Love)
Backing Vocals – JaVonte*, Lalah Hathaway, Pete Rock, Shava'sha Dickerson, Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*, Talkbox MonteFeaturing – Rapsody (2)Keyboards – Robert Glasper, Terrace MartinPercussion – Larrance DopsonProducer – Sounwave, ThundercatProducer [Additional Production] – Terrace Martin, Antydote*Recorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, Matt SchaefferRecorded By [Rapsody's Verse] – 9th WonderScratches – Pete RockTrumpet – Josef LeimbergWritten-By – K. Duckworth*, M. Spears*, S. Bruner*
C4 The Blacker The Berry
Alto Saxophone – Terrace MartinBacking Vocals – Lalah Hathaway, Wyann VaughnBass – Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*Drum Programming [Additional Drum Programming], Engineer [Additional Engineering] – KatalystDrums – Ronald Bruner Jr.Featuring – Assassin, Lalah HathawayKeyboards – Robert GlasperPercussion – Larrance DopsonProducer – Boi-1da, Koz*Producer [Additional Production] – Terrace MartinRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*, Matt SchaefferWritten-By – A. Izquierdo*, B. Kolatalo*, J. Campbell*, K. Lewis*, K. Duckworth*, M. Samuels*, S. Kozmeniuk*, Z. Epstein*
D1 You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
Alto Saxophone, Vocoder – Terrace MartinBacking Vocals – JaVonte*, Preston Harris, Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*, Wyann VaughnGuitar – Marlon Williams (3)Keyboards – Sounwave, Terrace MartinPercussion – Larrance DopsonProducer – LoveDragonRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*, Matt SchaefferTrumpet – Josef LeimbergWritten-By – J. Leimberg*, K. Duckworth*, M. Spears*, R. McKinney*, T. Martin*
D2 I
Backing Vocals – Candace Wakefield, Dave Free, Devon Downing, Dion Friley, Edwin Orellana, Taz Arnold AKA Ti$a*, Z MostBass – Chris Smith (42), Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*Drums – Kendall LewisGuitar – Keith AskeyKeyboards – Sam BarshPercussion – RahkiProducer – RahkiRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*, Matt SchaefferRecorded By [Ronald Isley] – Thomas Burns (3)Vocals [Additional Vocals] – Ronald IsleyWritten-By – C. Jasper*, C. Smith*, E. Isley*, K. Duckworth*, M. Isley*, O. Isley*, R. Isley*, R. Isley*
D3 Mortal Man
Alto Saxophone, Horns – Terrace MartinBacking Vocals – JaVonte*, James Fauntleroy*, Wyann VaughnBass – Brandon Owens, Miles Mosley, Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner*Cello – Adrienne Woods, Ginger MurphyDrums – Trevor Lawrence*Flute – Rickey WashingtonFrench Horn – Amy SanchezGuitar – Marlon Williams (3)Keyboards – Junius Bervine, Robert GlasperProducer – SounwaveRecorded By – Derek "MixedByAli" Ali*, James "The White Black Man" Hunt*, Matt SchaefferTrombone – Ryan PorterTrumpet – Ambrose Akinmusire, Josef LeimbergViola – Andrea Whitt, Molly RogersViolin – Jen Simone, Neel Hammond, Paul Cartwright, Tylana EnomotoWritten-By – F. Kuti*, K. Duckworth*, M. Spears*, S. Bruner*

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Packaged in a gatefold sleeve.
The inner gatefold incorrectly swaps the titles for Momma and Hood Politics.

(1) Variant 1 = Sticker: Made in Czech Republic.
(2) Variant 2 = NO STICKER showing place of manufacture

℗ © 2015 Aftermath / Interscope Records

Publishers & track info:

Wesley's Theory - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Westbury Music Ltd. (ASCAP)/Roynet Music (ASCAP), Pooch Music (SESAC).
Contains elements of "Every Nigger is a Star" written by B. Gardiner and published by Westbury Music Ltd. (ASCAP)/Roynet Music (ASCAP), as performed by Boris Gardiner. Used courtesy of Jazzman Records Ltd.

For Free? (Interlude) - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Rosemac Music (ASCAP), Blessed Seeds Of God (ASCAP)

King Kunta - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Allegro/Beat Bully Productions, Laneway Publishing, Q Baby Music (ASCAP), Mijac Music/Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Universal Music Corp./Ahmad Music, Kendal's Soul Music
Contains interpolations of "Get Nekkid" written by J. Burns & D. Blake, published by Laneway Publishing (ASCAP) and Q Baby Music (ASCAP).
Contains resung lyrics from "Smooth Criminal" written by M. Jackson, and published by Mijac Music/Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI).
Contains elements of "The Payback" (J. Brown/F.Wesley/J.Starks) Dynatone Publishing Company (BMI). All rights administered by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI).
"King Kunta" contains samples from "We Want The Funk" written by A. Lewis, published by Ahmad Music/Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP), EMI Full Keel Music (BMI), Music Of WIndswept/BMG Music (BMI).

Institutionalized - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Rondor Music International Inc d/b/a Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)/Producer Pizza (ASCAP), Barsh Music/HHMusic Wordlwide (BMI), Tommy Black (STIM)

These Walls - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Rosemac Music (ASCAP), Blue Nike Publishing (BMG), Fauntleroy Music/Almo Music (ASCAP), Blessed Seeds Of God (ASCAP), Anna Smiles Music (ASCAP)

u - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Big Yacht Music (ASCAP)

Alright - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), EMI April Music, Inc. o/b/o itself & Even More Water From Nazareth (GMR), Sony/ATV Allegro/Beat Bully Productions

For Sale? (Interlude) - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Big Yacht Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Allegro/Beat Bully Productions

Momma - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Big Yacht Music (ASCAP), Mijac Music/Sony ATV Music Publishing (BMI), Queen Of The Planet Productions (ASCAP), Cisum Naashar Publishing (ASCAP), Uncle Buddies Music Inc./Notting Hill c/o Music Of Windswept/BMG Rights Mgmt. (ASCAP)
Contains elements of "Wishful Thinkin" written by S. Stewart and published by Mijac Music/Sony ATV Music Publishing (BMI), as performed by Sly & the Family Stone. Used courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.
Contains elements of "On Your Own" written by L. Hathaway, R. Patterson, R. Rideout, and published by Queen Of The Planet Productions (ASCAP), Cisum Naashar Publishing (ASCAP), Uncle Buddies Music Inc. c/o Music Of Windswept/BMG Rights Mgmt. (ASCAP).
"Momma" contains samples from "On Your Own" performed by Lalah Hathaway from the album "Self Portrait" (STXCD-30308). Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.

Hood Politics - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Donte Lamar Perkins (BMI), Sony/ATV Allegro/Beat Bully Productions, Just Isn't Music Ltd (ASCAP), New Jerusalem Music (ASCAP), Black Bull Music Inc. (ASCAP)/Jobete Music Co. Inc. (ASCAP)/Sony ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Verses recorded at Downtown Studios in New York, New York.
Includes sample of "All For Myself" © 2010 Sufjan Stevens, admin. New Jerusalem Music, courtesy of Sufjan Stevens and Asthmatic kitty Records. © 2010 Asthmatic Kitty Records

How Much A Dollar Cost - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Rosemac Music (ASCAP), Josef Leimberg Music (ASCAP), Blessed Seeds Of God (ASCAP), Fauntleroy Music/Almo Music (ASCAP)
Ronald Isley verse recorded at Notifi Studios in St. Louis, Missouri.

Complexion (A Zulu Love) - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Just Isn't Music Ltd (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Allegro/Beat Bully Productions
Rapsody's verse recorded at House Studios in Washington, D.C.

The Blacker The Berry - Produced for 1da Boi Productions
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), 1damentional Publishing LLC/Sony ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP), Stephen 1daniable Publishing (ASCAP), Kenobi Songs Publishing/BMG Rights Management (BMI), Whiskey Valentine Publishing/BMG Rights Management (BMI), Tenyor Music (BMI), Alexander Izquierdo BMG Gold Songs/AIX Publishing (ASCAP) all rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, Zale Epstein (SOCAN)

You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said) - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Rosemac Music (ASCAP), Blessed Seeds Of God (ASCAP), Josef Leimberg Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Allegro/Beat Bully Productions

i - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Rondor Music International Inc d/b/a Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)/Producer Pizza (ASCAP), EMI April Music Inc. obo itself and Bovina Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Ronald Isley recorded at Notifi Studios in St. Louis, Missouri.
Contains portions of "That Lady" by Ronald Isley, Christopher Jasper, O'Kelly Isley, Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, and Rudolph Isley, published by EMI April Music Inc. OBO itself and Bovina Music Inc. (ASCAP)

Mortal Man - WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), Hard Working Black Folks Inc. (ASCAP), Top Dawg Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Allegro/Beat Bully Productions, Just Isn't Music Ltd (ASCAP), EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), BMG Ruby Songs (ASCAP)
Contains elements of "I No Get Eye For Back" written by F. Kuti, and published by EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), BMG Ruby Songs (ASCAP).
"Mortal Man" contains excerpts from "I No Get Eye For Back" as performed by Houston Person, used courtesy of Ume.
Featuring parts from the music journalist Mats Nileskar's Tupac Shakur interview in New York, November 1984 for P3 Soul, Swedish Broadcasting Corporation.

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String recordings (at) Chalice Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA.
Mixed and recorded (at) No Excuses Studio, Santa Monica, CA.
Mastered (at) Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 602547311009
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 4731100-A 135561E1/C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 4731100-B 135561E2/C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 4731100-C 135561E3/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 4731100-D 135561E4/C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 4731100-A 135561E1/B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 4731100-B 135561E2/B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 4731100-C 135561E3/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 4731100-D 135561E4/A
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: GMR
  • Rights Society: SESAC
  • Rights Society: SOCAN
  • Rights Society: STIM

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drogariasneptuno

drogariasneptuno

June 5, 2018

Kendrick's a goat and he had created one of the biggest albums of this all century.
synth_

synth_

July 23, 2017

Best Jazz-Rap album of 2015 in my opinion -- I really found the direction Kendrick took with his sound on this album less commercial, but overall most enjoyable compared to his other works.

The vinyl itself sounds great!
BucketCatPK

BucketCatPK

April 5, 2016

My version of this album came with a huge scratch on Wesley's Theory, in the intro where it plays "Every Nigga is a Star." At first the scratch bugged me, but then I decided to keep it because I know I'm not gonna resell it and it stop right when the song kicks in, it's perfectly placed. Which made it oddly special. This album sounds really good, very clear. My only problem with the vinyl pressing is that it has breaks between the songs, about 2 seconds, so it does not flow together as well as it does when you listen to it digitally with no delay between songs.
T.J.E

T.J.E

March 20, 2016
The inner gatefold has a spot-gloss finish on the track titles and the brail is actually readable; worth nothing since it isn't in the release notes.

Also, did anyone else get two center labels on one side? Mine had two labels on side C.
blacklog

blacklog

January 11, 2016
To all the US buyers this version was mastered by Mike Bozzi and the UK/EU Version was mastered by Bernie G if you have any presses from pallas you will understand the difference, although I haven't heard the US version according to the comments it sounds like a right mess up, pick up the EU pressing it is spacious, detailed and full of life.
66669

66669

November 28, 2015

Anyone know what the brail says?
MyBulldogLovesMcRyde

MyBulldogLovesMcRyde

October 29, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
I must have lucked out, this pressing sounds pretty good. These Walls was a weak transfer though. It's not the best pressing but it's not as bad and digital as the Maad City LP pressing.
nickikatt

nickikatt

October 27, 2015
The vinyl itself, sound wise is pretty good but I'm not overly fussed about the presentation. Very bland, not much included, plain paper sleeves - pretty meh in my eyes considering the amount of albums I've got recently that have come with lyric books or sheets. Considering the wait, something extra would have been nice
Bonus tracks wouldn't have gone a miss either, the single mix of I and the untitled live track come to mind
But heck, I'm glad I have a phsyical copy now. Not my favourite album of recent but still pretty good
repsycle_vinyl_jp

repsycle_vinyl_jp

October 25, 2015
Got my EU 2LP yesterday. Pressing/Sound quality is excellent throughout, no sibilance or distortion. Just wondering who mastered the vinyl. "Mastering MIKE BOZZI / BERNIE GRUNDMAN" credited on inside sleeve. Mike for CD and Bernie for vinyls?
But there's No "BG" sign on dead wax on my EU pressing.
Does your US vinyl have "BG" on dead wax?

JollyGreen2112

JollyGreen2112

October 24, 2015
Any one else getting some slight distortion on the left channel near the end of side 1, at the start of "These Walls"?

Other than that, this release is a completely different listening experience compared to the digital version. Get a copy when you get a chance.