Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Goes Gold After Dominating the Billboard Charts
After dominating the Billboard charts for two weeks, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly has gone gold.
This week TPAB fell to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 while selling 65,000 copies.
It was predicted that the album would debut at No. 1 and it did on the March 25 chart. Other predictions indicated the Compton rapper would sell 325,000 album equivalent units. Hits Daily Double reported a higher number, with 325k in sales and an additional 25,000 to 50,000 album equivalent streams and single downloads, for a figure closer to 375,000 units.
Upon its release, TPAB received positive reviews. NY Daily News gave the album five stars calling it an "instant classic."
On "To Pimp A Butterfly," Lamar expands from regional concerns to address general issues of race, power, madness and desire.
It's an album meant to be lived with for a long time, making it one of the few recent hip-hop that's built to last.
USA Today predicted the album's content would be taught in college courses, presumably similar to the one based on his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city taught at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia.
Despite the success of To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar already has his mind set on future projects, including a joint album with J. Cole.
Cole's latest release 2014 Forest Hills Drive was recently certified platinum.
What'd you think of To Pimp A Butterfly? What's your favorite track from the album? Are you anxious to hear a joint project by Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole? Sound off in the comment section.