During a Dallas concert earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar told the audience that the show may be his first and last performance of To Pimp a Butterfly. The album is a critically acclaimed project and further proof that Kendrick is one of the best when it comes to putting together a cohesive album, but it’s a challenging listen, and not particularly accessible or radio-friendly.
In an interview with Complex, producer and musician Terrace Martin, who worked with Kendrick on TPAB, explains who this album was made for, and why Kendrick may stop performing this for fans in stadiums across the globe.
Kendrick has talked about possibly not performing songs from To Pimp a Butterfly after he finishes the run of Kunta’s Groove Sessions. Why?
We didn’t do that album for popular culture. We did that album for people who have no way out. We did that album for people who can’t even afford to go to the shows. We did an album for people who need hope. You don’t prostitute that.
People are taking it as a sign that Kendrick is going to start rolling out a new album sooner than we might’ve expected. What new stuff are you working on with him?
We’re not working. We’re just studying. Playing Sly Stone records, Miles Davis, and eating a lot of vegetables.