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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 (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on October 27, 2012
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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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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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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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In the modern hip-hop industry, pretty much any rapper who wants to make it has to start at the bottom with a few mixtapes and move up to independently released pseudo albums. Kendrick Lamar has done both. The problem with this is the inherent risk of building hype the artist can't live up to with their first full studio album. J. Cole had this problem and I would argue Curren$y did as well. While their first major label studio albums were certainly "good", that's all they were, neither great nor exceptional like their mixtapes/independent albums were.

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.
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I purchased this album after hearing hip rip the intro track to Game's Red album and hearing the single "Swimming Pools" Not what you expect from someone outta compton but definetly a classic album. A very good balace of different types of production and his flow. Unique concepts and just a dope album. Cop it!
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