Hip-hop album ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ was released by Kendrick Lamar in 2015. The album explores major themes of racial oppression, gang violence, social activism, hip-hop culture and self-expression. The butterfly, made from acetate, wire and hand-painted ‘eyes’ visually signifies Lamar’s poetic perspective on the institutionalised discrimination against black communities, meanwhile embracing the beauty of their resilience. By rebuilding their identity, whilst withstanding the ever-shifting constraints of social, cultural and racial injustice,
the caterpillar can finally transform into a butterfly.