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Good Kid: M.A.A.D City CD

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2012 release from the Compton-based Hip Hop artist. Currently signed to Top Dawg, Aftermath and lnterscope. Lamar is a member of Hip Hop supergroup Black Hippy, along with fellow West Coast rappers and label mates Jay Rock. Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. He first gained major attention after being mentioned by Dr. Dre resulting in a buzz for the, then upcoming. release of his fourth mixtape. Early in his career, Lamar amassed a large internet following, and had already worked with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Wiz Khalifa, Game, Drake, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Talib Kweli, Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi, Busta Rhymes, E-40, Warren G, Bun B, Tech N9ne and Lil Wayne among other popular artists.


1. Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter's Daughter
2. Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
3. Backseat Freestyle
4. The Art of Peer Pressure
5. Money Trees feat. Jay Rock
6. Poetic Justice feat. Drake
7. good kid
8. m.A.A.d city feat MC Eiht
9. Swimming Pools (Drank) [Extended Version]
10. Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
11. Real feat. Anna Wise of Sonnymoon
12. Compton Feat. Dr. Dre

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Aftermath
  • ASIN: B0090X4HES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on October 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Kendrick Lamar's debut effort Good Kid: M.A.A.D City [Deluxe Edition] materializes just at the right time to give West Coast rap some renewed notability. Kendrick Lamar is one today's most unique rappers. Left of center, he joins the likes of Drake and KiD CuDi, paving his own pathway. Good Kid m.A.A.d City is not only one of 2012's best rap albums but also one of the year's `crowning achievements.' Conceptually structured around its title - Kendrick is ultimately a good kid trapped in Compton, which is chucked full of vices within the sins/demons of a bad, rough city - Lamar details his early life experience.

"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...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda Engberg on July 16, 2014
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i am a person of the age where i never expected in a million years to buy a 'rap' album. however, i watched the grammies this year and was totally blown away by the imagine dragons/kendrick lamar performance. to the extent that i purchased the cd's of each. since one must know the lyrics to appreciate in entirety, i'm in the process of so doing. an interesting aside is that as one living in the heart of chicago, i noted that mr. lamar is appearing at our "pitchfork" festival this very weekend. for one 3 times his age, to be impressed upon 1st listen, is really something.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Cleveland on October 26, 2012
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Flawless top to bottom. I get the feeling 5-10 years from now this will be looked at as a Hip Hop Classic and will leave a footprint that will stand the test of time for years to come. This is a brilliant masterpiece. Any fan of Hip Hop should own this whether digital or physical.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wiggibow on July 21, 2013
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The rating sums up my feelings on the music pretty well; amazing album and everyone who loves hip-hop should own a copy. Enough has been said about its greatness already.

I'm writing this review mostly about the vinyl pressing; which essentially is perfect, packaging and everything was well made and in flawless condition, if a bit barebones(no inserts or anything); but being nitpicky I do notice on the wax that some songs are really not mixed very well, something I never noticed with the digital copy I've been listening to since it came out. The song "Backseat Freestyle" especially; one of my favorites, has a severe lack of bass, and Kendrick's voice seems to be boosted up to the point that its almost grating on the ear. I know this isn't a fault of my system because other songs like "Money Trees" (right after it!) sound very rich in bass! Also the volume the tracks were mixed at kind of seems to fluctuate slightly from track to track, didn't notice that in my digital copy either.
Not deal breaking by any means; still a spectacular album and; for me, something that just needs to be in the collection. Just a friendly warning to audiophiles out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Mama on March 9, 2014
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I am a huge hip-hop fan and I can't express enough how amazing this cd is. I tend to listen to Wu-Tang and Outkast most often but Kendrick is playing all day everyday in my car. His lyrics give me chills (literally) and his beats are second to none.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doll-ar on November 2, 2014
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The mark of an amazing album is when you can still listen to it straight through months later and not be tired of it but instead find something new to love about it each time.

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.
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