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Pop music: Kendrick Lamar, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

In a year of rising social consciousness, Lamar set the bar with an album that chronicles the black music diaspora from Africa. It looks beyond his hometown of Compton, Calif., to underline that, for a person of color, the struggle for civil rights is in many ways stuck in a ditch on a steep road, and rolling backward.

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