Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly will be archived at Harvard University’s library.
As noted by XXLMag, 9th Wonder (record producer/rapper/DJ) made the announcement on an Instagram post (that he later deleted) and wrote:
“In 2012, I was chosen to be a Harvard University Fellow at The Dubois Institute under the direction of @henrylouisgates and Dr. Marcy Morgan,
I chose the research project ‘These Are The Breaks’….a collection of albums that are the standard of the culture…..200 in all in no particular order. These are the first four we chose to start with….to live for forever in the Harvard Library…and to be forever placed in the canon…complete with liner notes and the vinyl that was used in the production of the album…… To live forever….shouts @levelsoundz and @madtwiinz for the masterful design of the boxes and content. @HarvardUniversity @TheHipHopArchive 4 down.. 196 to go…”
To Pimp A Butterfly will be archived along with Hip Hop albums Illmatic (Nas), The Low End Theory (A Tribe Called Quest) and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
The source also reported that “each album is going to archived with liner notes and the vinyl that was used in the original production.”
Kendrick Lamar is also featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.