I’ve been listening to the Kendrick Lamar album “to pimp a butterfly” regularly since its release and am still struggling to decide my opinion on it. Above all other popular genre Hiphop and Rap can manage to be experimental and still maintain commercial success and this album is a perfect example.
The list of top producers, supporting artists and influences on this album are numerous and on KingKunta were treated to a mix of Funk with early west coast hiphop. The base line on this track and backing vocals could have come straight out of a Parliament/Funkadelic track and it drives the whole thing forward with a groove notorious of the funk genre. This Groove provides a great bed for Kendrick Lamars raspy vocals and the more modern sounds of production which keep the track fresh: