18 Songs, 1 Hour 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

West Coast hip-hop elders like Snoop and Dre have virtually anointed Kendrick Lamar to carry on the legacy of gangsta rap. His second studio album good kid, M.A.A.d city, conceptual enough to be a rock opera, certainly uplifts the genre with its near-biblical themes: religion vs. violence and monogamy vs. lust. Verbally nimble, Lamar experiments with a variety of different lyrical styles, from the Bone Thugz-type of delivery on “Swimming Pools (Drank)” to the more straightforward orthodox G-funk flow on “m.A.A.d. City feat. MC Eiht.” Like prog rock, Lamar’s tracks have songs within songs—sudden tempo changes with alter egos and embedded interludes, such as unscripted recordings of his parents asking for their car back and neighborhood homies planning their latest conquest. These snippets pepper the album providing an anthropological glimpse into his life in Compton. The deluxe version of good kid, m.A.A.d. city features five bonus tracks.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

West Coast hip-hop elders like Snoop and Dre have virtually anointed Kendrick Lamar to carry on the legacy of gangsta rap. His second studio album good kid, M.A.A.d city, conceptual enough to be a rock opera, certainly uplifts the genre with its near-biblical themes: religion vs. violence and monogamy vs. lust. Verbally nimble, Lamar experiments with a variety of different lyrical styles, from the Bone Thugz-type of delivery on “Swimming Pools (Drank)” to the more straightforward orthodox G-funk flow on “m.A.A.d. City feat. MC Eiht.” Like prog rock, Lamar’s tracks have songs within songs—sudden tempo changes with alter egos and embedded interludes, such as unscripted recordings of his parents asking for their car back and neighborhood homies planning their latest conquest. These snippets pepper the album providing an anthropological glimpse into his life in Compton. The deluxe version of good kid, m.A.A.d. city features five bonus tracks.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.7K Ratings
3.7K Ratings
Bob the Bob who is Bob ,

Classic

Best hip hop album in years

Drew VA ,

PLEASE LISTEN TO SING ABOUT ME, I'M DYING OF THIRST

Ok I bout this whole Album about 3 weeks ago. And it is still the best album I've heard in years. He's on a different level when it comes to his lyrics. Alot of his songs have meaning to then and you can really feel what he's saying. We've been listening to emotionless rap for too long. I'm tired of rappers trying to act hard. Hip hop is poetry. And in Kendrick Lamar's poetry he's telling his story. Which is why I love this album. Probably the best lyricist since Biggy

PS if you get a chance listen to the sing about me, I'm dying of thirst. Yes it's 12 min but it's probably the best song I've ever heard. YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE THING PLEASE. Listen to what he says

Skyepie987 ,

First

What's with the re-release tho? One new track?

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