David Bowie's long-time producer Tony Visconti told Rolling Stone “We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar. We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record (To Pimp A Butterfly). He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll.”
David Bowie's final album Blackstar was released on Bowie's 69th birthday, January 8, 2016.