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good kid, m.A.A.d city [Deluxe Edition]

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TDE / Aftermath / Interscope
  • ASIN: B008Z94NZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,074,310 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Cleveland on October 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By hiphop roots on October 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Just the album cover alone makes this a classic (so real he has a mini van on the deluxe cover to represent the struggle how deep is that not a phantom or lambo like most of deez wack mc's represent while they steady cover up no rap skills in exchange for fashion smh) Kendrick is true to his lyrics all the way down to his appearance. He's like the west coast version of j.cole both artist have more to offer to this hip hop game. Whole album is nice!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chocsweethrt on October 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm not going to do an extra-complex review, but I just listened to this whole album in one sitting and I loved it. EVERY song. Kanye's first CD is still one of my all times fav's, (before he got ahold of that koolaid from that pornstar), but this cd (and J. Cole's after this one) is a great 2012 refresher in the game, for me personally. It spoke to me because it was purely thoughts from a man's head about sides of life often forgotten, and not objects or big booty h**. So for me, this was a nice switch-up. Sorry Rick Ross.

As far as the production, it is more simplified from the usual club beats (what a relief), it's got that studio session vibe IMO, but it's still catchy enough to keep me focused on the songs. It would've been super easy to make another 2chains, but he took the harder road to try and blow up( even mentioning his religion whoa). So I hope that even people that hate the album at least appreciate that form of personalization he put into it, and not spread negative speaking of another person like they did Lupe...now the poor man wants to quit the game...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean Jones on June 4, 2014
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I enjoyed K-Dot and his first CD. I specifically enjoyed the song (I think it's #8) with MC Eigt because the song itself takes on a whole feel of its own. The music transitions for them separately, but brings them together too. I feel as though Dr. Dre did a great job with Kendrick in helping him develop a story-telling adventure for his listeners. Kendrick is definitely the "new" westcoast MC that focuses in more on lyrics and meaning than music and production. He'll surprise you with his ability to put words together and invite you into his world. I'm interested in what single's and videos will look like. It will be kind of hard to put visuals to most of this album, but I'm sure his vision is still futuristic.
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