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Lauren Picks: Kendrick Lamar ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

Posted on October 25th, 2012

Kendrick Lamar’s debut full length came out this week. After burning though his previously released mixtapes and independent album, Section.80, I have been itching for new music from him. I also had high expectations for good kid, m.A.A.d city. And I say expectations, because I really am routing for Kendrick. I want him to get the credit he deserves. He has, but I don’t want it to fade. You know when you listen to a rapper and then you kind of hear a handful of obvious influences?! Well that’s totally cool and inevitable, but somehow Kendrick was born with a cadence and flow all his own. His voice is unique and fresh, the music and beats on this album are classic and weird all at the same time, and it definitely has a narrative I haven’t heard in a long time, especially from hip-hop releases as of late that have as much buzz as this one does. Please do yourself a favour and lose yourself in Kendrick’s new album good kid, m.A.A.d city… or short film as he’s dubbed it.

Oh and P.S. That Lady Gaga collabo didn’t make the album. After listening to this album, I get why. The album wasn’t made for the mainstream, but it’ll get there without the help of a Monster.

Stand out tracks: “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Backseat Freestyle” and “Money Trees.”

Stream the whole album here.

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