The producer blends jazz, hip-hop, and electronic into a portrait of the afterlife
Flying Lotus and sundry guests embark on a spiritual journey inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead, via fusion jazz and a heady meld of electronic and hip-hop beats. Snoop Dogg memorializes a dead gangbanger on “Dead Man’s Tetris,” a bouncy flurry of 8-bit digital sounds that ranks as the album’s most satirical moment. More serious is “Never Catch Me,” in which Kendrick Lamar portrays death as the freeing of one’s soul. The tone shifts from intense to dreamy and introspective as the L.A. producer imagines a psychedelic trip beyond this mortal coil.