Flying Lotus Explains His Role In Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Flying Lotus Explains His Role In Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Last night Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly became available on iTunes a week before its scheduled release date 3/23. Fans, critics, and TDE executives reacted to the surprise release, but so did some of the album’s key collaborators, including experimental producer Flying Lotus. Responding along with the rest of those lucky enough to be awake last night for the leak, the producer first details the story of how Lamar landed on the concept for the album:

As a producer himself, Flying Lotus clearly respected the way Lamar pulled together and executed the concept for his album. Most people give Dr. Dre the credit as a driving force behind Kendrick’s sound, and while that’s obviously part of it, K.Dot deserves respect as a producer too:

But the beats in the folder that Flying Lotus gave Lamar didn’t all get used, and that kind of loss has to be tough to wrap your head around:

He also shared the specifics of how “Wesley’s Theory” came to be, revealing that it was his dream for George Clinton to be on the album’s first track:

Lastly, he shouted out the prevalence of his frequent collaborator Thundercat on the entire record:

So maybe some of these unreleased songs will end up making their way out of that folder after all. All bets are off these days given the total disregard for the 3/23 release date, right?

[Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images.]

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