Pimp pimp, hooray!
Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 rap album, To Pimp A Butterfly, will reportedly be one of four hip-hop albums set to be forever immortalized and kept in Harvard's library to help educate future generations. It will be joined in the prestigious library alongside Nas’ Illmatic, A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
In a now deleted Instagram post by hip-hop producer and Harvard University fellow, 9th Wonder, he explained how he played a role in selecting the first few albums to be featured in the library of the world renowned university, based on their influence by which they set the standard for contemporary culture.
“In 2012, I was chosen to be a Harvard University Fellow at The Dubois Institute under the direction of @henrylouisgates and Dr. Marcy Morgan,” 9th Wonder wrote in the now deleted post. “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.”
Each album set to be archived in the library will include their respective liner notes and the vinyl that was used in the original production.
Released back on March 15, 2015, To Pimp A Butterfly took home three Grammy trophies for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance in 2016. It also earned the Compton rapper two more Grammy nominations that year for Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Alright,” which has since become an anthem for music fans around the world during what has been a time of very turbulent political and social unrest for many.