Producer Sounwave Says 80 Songs Were Recorded for Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Album
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly dropped two weeks ago and has the most talked about LP since. Sounwave—who produced for the album—spoke with P&P and revealed that at least 80 songs were recorded for the LP, many of which he was sad to see miss the final cut, like the verse K.Dot unleashed earlier this week.
"We went through at least 80-plus songs that were going to be on the album—we argued over so many different songs, but at the end of the day it all had to flow and make sense," said Sounwave. "Everything had to make sense otherwise it’s not going to flow right. There were a few songs in particular on there that hurt my soul that we didn’t use, but at the end of the day I get why we didn’t use them."
The in-house producer for TDE spoke with us about the album and described the atmosphere when they were crafting TPAB in studio.
"With us it’s mainly organic" he said. "It’s us just vibing out to records and whatever is connecting with us at the moment that’s the direction we lean towards. This project probably went through three different phases, just because of the vibes we were on. I’ll usually make beats catered to what we’re on at the moment, he’ll record to them and we just keep going until we get what he felt is that one particular sound."
To Pimp a Butterfly remained the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart for two consecutive weeks.
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