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Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly To Be Archived At Harvard Library

Kendrick Lamar joins Nas, Lauryn Hill and A Tribe Called Quest in the pantheon of intellectual Hip Hop.

1st Feb 2017

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Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly will be immortalised in Harvard University’s library.

The 2015 LP has been chosen as one of the first four hip-hop albums to be archived in the university’s library. To Pimp a Butterfly will be archived alongside three classic albums: Nas’s Illmatic, ATCQ’s The Low End Theory, and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

9th Wonder, who is the curator responsible for these additions, revealed his selections this weekend in an Instagram post. He wrote: “In 2012, I was chosen to be a Harvard University Fellow at The Dubois Institute under the direction of Henry Louis Gates and Dr. Marcy Morgan. I chose the research project ‘These Are The Breaks’, a collection of albums that are the standard of the culture. 200 in all in no particular order. These are the first four we chose to start with, to live for forever in the Harvard Library and to be forever placed in the canon, complete with liner notes and the vinyl that was used in the production of the album. To live forever - shouts @levelsoundz and @madtwiinz for the masterful design of the boxes and content. @HarvardUniversity @TheHipHopArchive. 4 down - 196 to go.”

Each album is going to be archived with liner notes and the vinyl that was used in the original production. Fans will have a chance to see Kendrick perform tracks from his Harvard approved LP very soon, seeing as he is on top of the bills for April’s Coachella Festival and May’s Rolling Loud Festival.

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