Kendrick Lamar Originally Wanted To Name 'To Pimp A Butterfly' After Tupac

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Watch Kendrick reveal the album's original title in a new interview.

Kendrick Lamar has revealed that his chart-topping album was originally not going to be called 'To Pimp A Butterfly.'

In an intimate sit down interview with MTV, the Compton rapper revealed that whilst he was always set on the album's concept, it had a name change.

Originally, the album was going to be called "TU Pimp A Caterpillar."

"TU Pimp A Caterpillar, that was the original name," Kendrick said. "Because the abbreviation was Tupac. Tu-P-A-C.

K.Dot said that a blog caught wind of the abbreviation, which really impressed him.

"I changed it to butterfly because I really just wanted to show the brightness of life, and then the word pimp has so much aggression."

Watch the full interview, in whcih K. Dot breaks down 'To Pimp A Butterfly' track by track, above.

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