​kendrick lamar releases new album artwork

Check the anti-establishment vibes in the cover photo for 'To Pimp A Butterfly.'

by Stuart Brumfitt
11 March 2015, 1:38pm

Kendrick Lamar's recent drop of the powerful single The Blacker The Berry got fans gagging for a full album, and although the music isn't with us just yet (due March 23rd), there's a taste of what's to come with the release of its title name and cover photography. Lamar released the To Pimp A Butterfly artwork on Instagram last night, showing a group of guys in front of the White House flashing cash and holding bottles of champagne, celebrating over the knocked-down body of a man holding a judge's gavel, with eyes crossed out. 

It's presumably a comment on the African-American community's troubled relationship with America's justice system (with recent killings at the hands of police officers going unpunished and rates of black incarceration disproportionately high) and gives us an indication of the political bent the album's likely to take. Lamar also quoted lil Homie on Insta: "Don't all dogs go to heaven? Don't Gangsta's boogie? Do owl shit stank? Lions, Tigers & Bears. But TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY. Its the American dream nigga...." 

You can pre-order it here or read our interview with Kendrick here.

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