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David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar” was influenced by Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”

David Bowie‘s 25th and final album ★—Blackstar was influenced by Kendrick Lamar‘s “To Pimp a Butterfly” as well as the experimental hip-hop group Death Grips.

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.

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