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Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (album) by Kendrick Lamar 

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Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar (2012)
Release date: 2012-10-22
Overall rank: 126th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Best album of 2012 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 2010s (3rd)
Top 200 albums of all time (126th)

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Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is ranked as the best album by Kendrick Lamar.

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From DDrizzles 08/23/2015 21:47
Thinking about this album makes me somewhat sad. It was when I realized that the Grammys, the standard for greatness in my eyes growing up, were all messed up. Macklemore's "The Heist" took the award that year for best Hip Hop album. While I think it is a good album, this album surpasses it and was the best hip hop album of 2012 and everyone knew it. This album deserves so much recognition and it is a classic.
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From callinmclinden 07/26/2015 17:34
I'm trying to flaw this album but no matter how many times I listen nothing at all strikes me as bad. Goosebumps are the standard whenever I listen to this. The amount of different styles of rap, musical ideas, flows, beats that Kendrick attempts on this record is ridiculous and he absolutely nails every single verse perfectly. Instrumentally this album is perfection, from "trap-influenced" to smooth, classic sounding hip-hop. Lyrically this album is unbelievable, the concept that he is trying to get across is executed with perfection. At first the phone messages throughout the album bugged me a little but I've come to realised that they tie together all the tracks brilliantly while telling a story that is both interesting and compelling. The ideals and issues Kendrick addresses on this record are done with such elegance and precision. The features are all perfectly placed without taking anything away from the track's story-telling. Talent oozes out of every single track, whether it be lyrically, production-wise or just from the sheer amount I find myself enjoying what I'm hearing. It's a crime to say good kid, m.a.a.d city is anything short of a modern classic and it's an even bigger crime to say Kendrick Lamar isn't one of the greatest artists of modern times. This album will, in my opinion, go down as, not just a breakthrough for Kendrick, but a benchmark in this millennium's musical history.
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From Socipluco 07/19/2015 14:58
A revelation, an innovation, a bomb, a great damned breakthrough album. From the eclectic but still moving asses electric-funk-soul rhythms (courtesy of Dr. Dre prominently) to the tight and complex rap flow (that you haven't heard since Biggie Smalls or Nas of Illmatic) and the wit and wise street-conscious lyricism (that could stand amongst the likes of Chuck D or KRS-One), this album is an innovative bomb in the mainstream hip-hop scene that will be remebered for quite a while i think. They were not exhaggerating while comparing this to Illmatic. For the hip-hop heads this is essential. For the non hip-hop aficionados, this is essential as well.
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From BurningBright 07/06/2015 03:08
Even after all these years, it is still difficult to write about Good Kid, MAAD City. Where do I even begin? Do I start with the idea that this is the first album in a long time that details the hard life of living in the ghetto? Or do I start with his incredible lyricism? Or with the fantastic production by Soundwave and Dre? All of those reasons plus more you can read somewhere else, but what will really set this note apart from others is how this album has affected my life.

Yet, even after narrowing the topic down, I still don't know where to begin. They say listening to the album helps when talking about it, but I'm playing it on vinyl as I type and I am still having writer's block. I guess I can start with how I initially got hooked onto this album. It was October of 2012, the year and month the album was released, and it was the first time I started drinking. And wouldn't ya know, "Swimming Pools" came on my computer! Just like the song, I wasn't exactly drinking to ease some sort of stress or emotional pain. I drank because I was pressured to. And, cliché enough, the song felt extremely relevant at the time. After thoroughly enjoying the song for about a month, I dive into the album out of curiosity. It didn't click with me at first, but I still enjoyed it overall. I just left it on my iPod for about 7 months. During that time, it felt like my world around me was collapsing. For reasons I'd rather not get into, I was losing friends, developing a depression, and was lost in finding the type of person I want to be. I also developed a completely abnormal fear of death and the concept of what comes after death. What comes after death? An afterlife? Nothing? Am I afraid of death? Or am I afraid of the act of dying? How will people remember me when I die? I felt like I had no sense of character, like I had nothing unique about me. I felt like I was hanging out with the wrong crowd and felt alone in the world with my morals. Then, on one incredible flight to Italy, I popped this album and pondered life (lol). Although Good Kid, MAAD City is Kendrick's personal album about growing up in Compton, I found myself finding some sort of relevance between Kendrick and I. I felt like a Good Kid in a MAAD City! What really hit me was the 3rd verse on "Sing About Me," where Kendrick raps one of the most underrated verses in all of rap music, explaining how the death of one person affects everyone differently. On the 3rd verse, he explains his point of view, and I couldn't help but be swept by his perfect wording.

Good Kid, MAAD City literally helped me become the person I am today. It helped me realized my sense of self-worth. It helped me give a sense of the type of person I strive to become. Although that type of person is still inexplicable, I can easily say I have an understanding of who I want to be. And, last but not least, it made me realize that "I'm real, I'm real, I'm really really real." It made me learn to love myself. Learning to love thyself is one of the hardest things someone can do when dealing with depression. But somehow, Good Kid, MAAD City helped me love myself. Thank you, Kendrick. The hardships you've dealt with has helped me develop into the strong man I am today. It was an experience I don't expect anyone to understand.
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From ECUpirate 06/17/2015 20:28
Kendrick Lamar is really pushing the genre in new directions. This album as well as To Pimp a Butterfly are some of the best rap albums made in a long time.
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From jhuik 06/13/2015 02:19
If you are white like me, to really appreciate great hip hop, you have to read the lyrics. Read the lyrics while listening along to a rapper spittin rhymes in time. Then you appreciate great artists at work. Yes, it's true, this shit *is* vital.
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From friggiesmalls 06/11/2015 15:12
A great album that acts like a cinematic experience. It is a blend of accessible modern rap and classic gangsta rap and hip hop (which is further perfected on To Pimp a Butterfly.) Although TPAB is an instant classic, this is a pretty fantastic album too.
Best Tracks: Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe, Money Trees, Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
Worst Tracks: Real, Poetic Justice
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From koner1 06/10/2015 22:06
At this point I do think this is better than TPAB.
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From zags7000 06/10/2015 07:29
It seems the only artist in his genre that can release a better album is himself. This goes down as one of the greatest breakthrough's of his genre in history.
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From joedec 05/31/2015 05:11
Kendrick Lamar's magnum opus.
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