Best Songs On Kendrick Lamar's to Pimp a Butterfly


The Top Ten

1 The Blacker the Berry The Blacker the Berry



This album wasn't supposed to be about kendrick just rapping about stories, it's supposed to be symbolic of how racism is still around. I saw a comment that said the album was disappointing; well the album isn't supposed to have number one hits, it's more about dealing with issues in the world not about songs with good beats and rap verses. Considering that, the Blacker the Berry still was a single, and I thought it was very good, and I got chills when I heard the last few lines."Hypocrite! "

Alright is my favourite on the album but I can respect this song on number 1.It has a powerful message due to the great lyrics & it is also one of my favourite by King Kendrick

2 How Much a Dollar Cost How Much a Dollar Cost

Probably his best song of all time. The storytelling here is genuinely "deep"(overused word but still) and the beats match pretty well with the song. - DarkBoi-X

This is probably my favorite song on the album behind The Blacker the berry, his flow is amazing and the beat is pure bliss.

This should be top 3 along with The Blacker The Berry and either you or Hood Politics

Amazing song. Chill vibe. Deep meaning. Lyrics are golden. Really gets you thinking.

3 u u

Best kendrick song easy

Ain't no rapper alive or dead is better than this guys...! He is the best that rap has ever produced end of the case

Best song EASY

This is my personal favorite. Kendrick's voice is incredibly realistic and the story that he vividly weaves over the haunting production is perfect.

4 King Kunta

Hello piggy bank I hope you have a great night tomorrow night so you can come tomorrow night I love king kunta

I like the rest of the album. I just think the lyrics aren't particularly important or clever on this track and then he rhymes "baby boo too" with "woo woo"...

Great mix of rap and just strait hip-hop.

Number 1 number 1 no1

5 Alright

It's a banger and one of easiest to vibe to. Never am I not in the mood for this song.

No.5? At least it's in the top 5 but this & Blacker The Berry are the best

You will automaticaly love this song when you heard it for the first time - fuddox

King kunta is far better in my opinion

6 i

A nice Funk influenced song about self esteem. For a long time, this used to be my favourite by him and that was purely for the instrumental(Although his rapping and lyrics are good too) - DarkBoi-X

Nice to hear real instruments in a rap song, it's been far too long since that's happened.

This song not only had a fun side to it but also had a deep message about depression which not a lot of rappers have been addressing in there songs

One of the most different and best songs rap jhas seen in a long time

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7 These Walls

Easily best Kendrick song and 2nd best song of all time in my opinion. So easy to listen to. Such a good beat and such an amazing story to go along with it.

YAH. Now ima gonna be sex obsessed 4 the rest of mah life

Neo, dreamy, creamy, soul, and surprising beautiful to listen to. it paints a very seductive picture, and was the most fitting instrumentals other than " the blacker the berry"

Love this song, probably my favorite song on this perfect album.

8 Mortal Man

enough said

Mortal man to me just has so much emotion and purpose. Kendrick does this in almost all his songs but I felt it in this track a lot like I did in sing about me I'm dying of thirst.

There is something so profound to me about what is essentially half a conversation with Tupac. It is a culmination of everything this album was building up to. I love it. - nocapes_

Kendrick Lamar feat. Tupac, what more can you ask for?

9 Wesley's Theory

By far most underrated song on the list. Amazing storytelling skill.

Second to King Kunta, this song takes whatever is great and unique from the album and puts it to one song without sounding too grandiose; the funk, the beat, the story telling, creative use of sound and the way Kendrick bodies the beat.

George Clinton's vocals the verse where Kendrick plays Uncle Sam are great.

Why aren't people as obsessed with this song as I am?

10 Hood Politics

This song is definitely not boo boo.

Just read the lyrics. It's pure genius.
With shout outs to Snoop and Killer Mike, to call outs on Congress and music critics, this song is angry, fierce, deep, intellectual, and absolute fire. I mean, "Demo-Crips and Re-Blood-icans"? Just shut up if you're still a hater.
I know the song is kind of off the main storyline of TPAB, but it carries its own message and in my opinion overshadows songs like Blacker the Berry, King Kunta, and Alright.
"Nobody can f*** with you! "

The Contenders

11 Institutionalized

Sadly overlooked, great song

That beat change though and the lyrics have me chills!

Criminally Underrated.

My personal favourite.

12 Momma

This track is definitely the best on this album. It's insane that it's not higher up but I guess that just goes to show how great this album truly is.

My god how is it here its top 3

Best song on the album

One of the only good songs on thw album

13 For Sale?

The instrumental is wonderful

Definitely the best song on the album. It's about how Lucy (aka Lucifer, or the music industry) seduces and black artists. It's so catchy and sinister all at once, and the writing is genius. Why it's this low on the list is beyond me.

A song that explores a deep concept reflected throughout the whole album over an interesting and experimental instrumental. This song is my favourite.

This song carries all the meaning of this album for me. It is beautiful and it moves me greatly. Best song by kendrick!

14 You Ain't Gotta Lie

On of the chillest most lay back, feel good type of beats in the whole album. Definitely top 5, maybe even top 3 on the album

Keep real to yourself if you wanna kick it with Kendrick, I ain't gotta lie to say this is one of my favorite songs on this classic album.

One of my favourite songs on the album. Very layed back and real. The lyrics are very good and the beat sets a great tone for the song.

By far the greatest track on this album obviously much better than the rest

15 Complexion

Great song, maybe not #1, but definitely not last!

How are complexion and for free so low?

Complexion is definitely top 10 on this list. I don't know why it's in last

Complexion should be in the top 3 at least...

16 For Free?

There was a lot of attention for detail in this song. The attitude in the voices of Kendrick and the female character ("I mean, baby,") and the way the piano plays one chord at a time at the end of his rant

I think this song shoulda been the list, his flow and the beat are amazing and he kinda brings back jazz a bit.

Don't like this

This dck ain't FREEE

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1. How Much a Dollar Cost
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