Good Kid: M.A.A.D City [Deluxe Edition]
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"Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter's Daughter" opens with a prayer that ultimately alludes to the title of the album. Featuring soulful, old-school production by Tha Bizness, "Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter's Daughter" finds Kendrick narratively lusting for a 'no-good' girl. Lamar's rhymes are agile and well conceived, eliminating need for a hook (there is none). As customary throughout the effort, an interlude (skit) foreshadows successive tracks, much like a novel.
On "B*tch, Don't Kill My Vibe," producer Sounwave's production incorporates a Boom Clap Bachelors sample ("Tiden Flyver"). Over a lush, west coast characteristic sound, Lamar is on autopilot, admitting his improprieties while also admonishing anyone to attempt to block his individuality as a person and artist. Lamar's vocal inflections and athletic flow help to make this cut another brilliant contribution.
"Backseat Freestyle" sports some of Hit-Boy's best production work. The Intro/outro is particularly notable by Lamar: "Martin had a dream, Martin had a dream, Kendrick have a dream...Read more ›
I'll admit I was kind of iffy about buying this at first because I was never much of a Rap person before last year when my friend finally got me into the genre. And even after getting into the genre, I was still worried I may not really enjoy a full album of it. But as soon as I listened to the 1st single and a few other tracks from it, I decided I'd take the risk. And I never would want it any other way. This album is the ultimate workout album, as well as the ultimate "we're gonna be in this car for at least an hour" album.
It really tells a story of peer pressure/growing up in/rising from "a dark place of violence" as his mom puts it. You can't understand/appreciate the whole thing based on the 1st listen, or even the 50th listen. Each time you listen to it there's something new to discover/appreciate about it. Definitely one of the best albums in a long time. I recommend it to anyone.
Kendrick Lamar was in a similar position for me. I loved his mixtapes and his independently released Section.80 and Overly Dedicated albums as well as the Kendrick Lamar EP and they all come highly recommended for anyone looking to add a bit of new West Coast flavor to their rotation. But the problem was, at least for me, they were too good. I was left to wonder whether or not his first studio effort, good kid, m.A.A.d city could measure up. Fortunately, Kendrick has proven that he can not only measure up to the bar set by his previous efforts but propel the bar into orbit.
One of the lead singles, Swimming Pools (Drank) is an excellent example of the depths of Kendrick Lamar's artistry. On the surface, this sounds like a typical club or radio joint that'll chart purely off of its catchy hook and deep, thumping bass line. But beneath the cunning disguise lies a story of peer pressure and alcoholism. Kendrick walks the tightrope between mass appeal and artistry with ease that evidences his genius in that he is able to appeal to both worlds without compromise.
There are a few notable features that serve to amplify the messages relayed, such as MC Eiht's appearance on the track m.A.A.Read more ›
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This is a must buy for hip hop fans. Kendrick is one of the best of our time. At least half of the tracks are straight fire.Published 6 days ago by Anwar Malik
Amazing album, to bad both the CDs I ordered came broken. Not very happy about that. It's about the third time that's happened. Your better off buying it in a cd store.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Personally, I'm not into much hip-hop from the current state that it's in at the moment. However, Kendrick Lamar is the exception. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mega Stin