Six years ago, Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” landed complete with highlights like “You Ain’t Gotta Lie.”
Over a bouncy instrumental from producer LoveDragon, Kendrick takes to the beat with two distinct approaches. The first is more melodic in nature, a laid-back delivery that speaks to the track’s casual and carefree air. His pace quickens around the halfway point as he switches to a livelier flow, delivered with robotic precision and a zenlike cadence. “So loud rich ni**as got low money, and loud broke ni**as got no money,” he raps. “The irony behind it is so funny, and I seen it all this past year.” Closing out with some Roger-Troutman-esque vocoder vocals, “You Ain’t Gotta Lie” shines as a cautionary tale of sorts, breaking down the high cost of playing it cool.
Happy anniversary to Kendrick Lamar and To Pimp A Butterfly, one of the genre-defining projects of the past decade — and arguably ever, depending on who you ask. Where do you think “You Ain’t Gotta Lie” holds up alongside the discography?
What do you got to offer?
Tell me before we off ya, put you deep in the coffin
Been allergic to talkin’, been a virgin to bullshit
And sell a dream in the auction, tell me just who your boss is