Spectator Music presents: the album that changed my life — To Pimp a Butterfly

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 5:19 PM
Spectator Music presents: the album that changed my life — To Pimp a Butterfly  by Gabriel Hypes

I’m gonna be honest with you, I’m not the biggest music fan. I really love rap music, but that’s about it. There are some artists or songs that stick out to me, but usually if it’s some underground, unpopular band, I probably don’t want to listen to it. For that reason, I can only think of one album that actually changed my life and that would be “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar.

Like I’m sure most people do, I associate different albums with different years of my life. Back when “To Pimp a Butterfly” came out, I was in my second semester of college. When it first came out, it was all I would listen to for months. That same semester, I made my first short film, and I even used the song “King Kunta” from the album for the major scene. I absolutely loved this album.

The reason it had such an impact on me was all just timing. I was far away from home and would get home sick quite a lot. Being at a bigger school for my first two years, it would take around 30 minutes to get to my first class of the day, everyday.

Instead of riding the bus, I would walk the route and listen to the album pretty much on full blast, dancing and mouthing the words all the way. Then, on the way home, I would listen to the second half of it. This album just makes me happy every time I listen to it.

I might not be in the “target audience” for Lamar when he made the album, but I just felt like it was made for me. While it wasn’t a bad time of my life at all, I always just missed home and “To Pimp a Butterfly” always managed to cheer me back up.

Now, nearly three years later, going back to the album is like re-reading your favorite book. I still get the same feeling when I hear the opening crackle of “Wesley’s Theory,” like I had been thrown into a time machine and taken to a much different stage in life.

While my music knowledge outside of rap is probably pretty pathetic, I can still say “To Pimp a Butterfly” changed my life, and I still hold it close to my heart and probably will for a long time.

Gabriel Hypes can be reached at musics.spectator@gmail.com.

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