Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly
In a time of hopelessness and societal unrest, To Pimp a Butterfly appeared. Kendrick Lamar’s fourth official studio release showed a complete backstep from his former albums to address some extremely important social movements against racism and poverty. Kendrick has a lot to say, but this album got a little impersonal and the societal impact from these 16 tracks is still being reported on.
Taylor Swift- Red
Swift made sure that her interests shined through on this surprising 2012 album. Departing from the teeny-bopper sound that she showcased for many years before, Swift experimented with some external production elements that transcended this album from pop-country to country-pop. Comparing Red to her former, and even her more recent works shows that Taylor Swift is more than just a gimmicky singer-songwriter for kids, she is a serious musician with her own ideas, unswayed by the industry.