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Kendrick Lamar Reveals the Original Title for To Pimp a Butterfly


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Kendrick Lamar had another title planned for his latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly.

The rapper tells MTV News that he initially planned to name his critically acclaimed effort Tu Pimp a Caterpillar, which was meant to serve as a nod to the late Tupac Shakur.

“That was the original name and [] caught it because the abbreviation was Tupac, Tu-P-A-C,” said Lamar. “That was the original point once I got the interview,” he said referring to the previously unreleased interview with ‘Pac Lamar used on the To Pimp a Butterfly track “Mortal Man.”

Ultimately, though, Lamar preferred the contrast in his final title.  “Me changing it to ‘butterfly,’ I just really wanted to show the brightness of life and the word pimp has so much aggression and that represents several things,” he said. “For me, it represents using my celebrity for good. Another reason is, not being pimped by the industry through my celebrity.”

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