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

Kendrick LamarAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)

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The moment that signaled 25-year-old Top Dawg Entertainment artist Kendrick Lamar's rise from West Coast underground cult hero to mainstream superstar happened on stage at a hometown concert in during the summer of 2011. With Dr. Dre looking down from the balcony seats, Lamar was joined on stage by Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Game. Those West Coast icons, gangster rap torchbearers for two ... Read more in Amazon's Kendrick Lamar Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TDE / Aftermath / Interscope
  • ASIN: B008Z94NZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,823,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Great Lyrics, Classic Hip Hop November 2, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
It takes me several listens to really digest music. Initially, I thought some Cali reviewers were hyping the album up by calling it a classic. I got off work and after the 2nd listen all the way through, I was sold. This has everything you look for in an album with very limited recognized artists.

I appreciate this album because it brings real, everyday life experiences to wax. Kendrick brings a cool story line without compromising lyrics to concept and without forcing himself on beats. The lyrics, beats, and flow combine to make great music. You can tell he had fun making this album. It defintely has an unique 90s feel mixed with today's hip hop. You can play this album straight through. This is my favorite album of 2012, and 2012 has been a great year for Rap and Hip Hop.

This is great music.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 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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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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I normally don't write reviews, and Amazon can vouch for that lol. This album however deserves my praise. This is what we think when we are listening to hip-hop. Not that 2 Chainz B.S. not to knock his hustle though. I know a lot of people who loves the swimming pool song but it doesn't stop there. This is a new classic. I love concept music and Kendrick has bars to fill every concept. I was hoping for some Dre music but it definitely wasn't needed at all. Do your self and buy this album and listen to each song in order and you will be hooked like me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love April 3, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
Good kid m.a.a.d city is one of the best cd's I've heard in a while. It reminds me of 90s story telling type of rap. I would recommend this cd to anyone who likes real music. It has great beats and the content is not just money, h**s, clothes. He speaks on real life situations that we all went through or are going through. The thing that makes this cd so good, is the fact that he is just telling us stories about his REAL life in Compton. Get the cd if you don't already have it, you will not be disappointed. My favorite songs : Back seat freestyle, Money trees, Bish don't kill my vibe, the prayer at the beginning ,who am I kidding the whole cd is FIRE !!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good kid classic cd!!!! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's My Mother****ing Dominos? July 2, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Just so my review makes the most amount of sense, I will say right here that I am pretty picky about the rap genre. I had little to do with it growing up, and only in the last 5 years or so have I embraced artists like Kanye West, The Roots, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Public Enemy, and Macklemore. I don't care for rap that is overly misogynistic, materialistic, or just plain old shallow; it's got to be thought-provoking stuff with great production and intelligent lyrics.

That being said, Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" is not just one of the greatest rap albums I've ever heard, it's one of the best albums I've ever heard in general. The production is amazing, the lyrics are brilliant and creative, and the storytelling is blistering and honest. I've never heard a rap album with as many unique elements as this before, and I'm convinced that it's going to be a game-changer in the world of rap music. I haven't heard all of Macklemore's "The Heist," but as much as I've enjoyed that album, I'm starting to feel that KL was indeed robbed at the 2014 Grammies. (But I don't think anybody takes the Grammy Awards that seriously, so I guess it's not too big of a loss.) Standouts are "Backseat Freestyle," "m.A.A.d city," and "Swimming Pools (Drank)."

Bottom line: "good kid, m.A.A.d city" is amazing, and I bet you'll love it, too. I can't wait to listen to Kendrick's previous album, "Section.80," and I highly anticipate whatever he's working on next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kendrick Lamar love the album from 1st track til the last track? Two thumbs up
Published 2 days ago by ROBERT KINSELLA
5.0 out of 5 stars Kendrick Is King!
Finally there's a emcee that has tight lyrics and "REAL" music in his songs not just a bunch of synthesized garbage with repetitive hooks with little to no meaning. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ricardo Customs
I loved this CD!!! it was stolen from my car though! Kendrick Lamar is super talented i think. I would recommend this to ANYONE!
Published 21 days ago by Berrr
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch
Outstanding album from one of the best mc's in the game today. Well worth the price of admission.
Published 24 days ago by Mr. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars What hip hop has been missing
This a really good blend of new school and classic west coast sounds. Refreshing for an old timer like me. I highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Courtney Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic, Buy this on Vinyl as well!
Definitely a solid purchase. I would highly suggest listening to the project as a whole. Only annoying part is that it has 2 discs, when it would be much more covenient if all the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MerkedOutBeatz
5.0 out of 5 stars A soon to be classic. Kendrick's style and rhyming ...
A soon to be classic. Kendrick's style and rhyming are unmatched in today's hip hop scene. An absolute must have.
Published 1 month ago by Colaroid
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album!
Excellent condition and a prompt arrival! This album is great! You can listen to this disc all the way through without skipping a track!
Published 1 month ago by Augusto Guerra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by EDWARD K. CAGE
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album. Love the beats
This is a great album. Love the beats. Recommend if you enjoy early 90's rap / G Funk and want to hear something new.
Published 2 months ago by Jason Ritzema
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