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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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  • Audio CD (April 23, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Aftermath
  • ASIN: B00BU987C8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (627 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Recipe Feat. Dr. Dre [Bonus Track]
2. Black Boy Fly [Bonus Track]
3. Now or Never Feat. Mary J. Blige [Bonus Track]
4. Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe [Remix] Feat. Jay-Z

Editorial Reviews

Deluxe, Explicit Version Now Includes: Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe feat. Jay-Z

good kid, m.A.A.d city landed in the tiny overlap between popular adoration and critical respect, selling more copies in its first week than any other debut album in 2012 and earning massive nods from Pitchfork, The New York Times, MTV and hundreds of other outlets. Lamar raps with hypnotizing precision, in triple time and in different voices, recalling the moments of dizzying theatricality of Eminem's The Slim Shady LP and combining them with the unglamorous grit of Nas' Illmatic.

Long before Kendrick Lamar was redefining the boundaries of rap, he was a kid growing up in Compton in the 1990s, trying to stay out of trouble. I'm six years old, seein' my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin' dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, 'cause they were young and living wild, too, he said in a 2011 interview. The mayhem going on around him couldn't stop Lamar from getting good grades, but he found school frustrating: This is always in my head: There was a math question that I knew the answer to, but I was so scared to say it. Then this little chick said the answer and it was the right answer, my answer. That bothers me still to this day, bein' scared of failure.

Lamar idolized Tupac Shakur growing up, and by 16, he'd recorded his first mixtape, under the name K. Dot. He'd also signed with Top Dawg Entertainment, now home to other L.A. up-and-comers like ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock. Lamar released a series of mixtapes as K. Dot, receiving cosigns from rappers like Lil Wayne and Game, before dropping the moniker and going by his birth name in 2009. I'll always be K. Dot in Compton, he said. 'Kendrick Lamar' is more mature and I can talk more about what I want to do with my life. I want my legacy to be about who I am as a person, not just as an artist. 2011's Section.80, moved thousands of copies with no promotion and established Lamar as an songwriter with something meaningful to say to his generation, one that hadn't been spoken to with as much respect and conviction by any other artist. Lamar toured America behind Section.80, watching thousands of people scream every one of his words back to him, reveling in a connection with his fans that runs as deep as his lyrics.

Customer Reviews

Definitely one of the best rap albums of the year!
Eric Duncan
The lyrics, beats, and flow combine to make great music.
Mr Eclectic
Kendrick Lamar really tells a story in his lyrics.
N. Spearmon

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mr Eclectic on 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 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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14 of 17 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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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Keith D. on October 22, 2012
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
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 By Artsyfemale on 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 By hiphop roots on October 22, 2012
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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 By Jesse Rose on July 2, 2014
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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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