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good kid, m.A.A.d. city
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Kendrick Lamar

good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
CRITIC SCORE
90
Based on 17 reviews
2012 Ranking: #3 / 708
USER SCORE
87
Based on
203 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
FACT Magazine

Good Kid, m.A.A.d City might be a wide-ranging, far-reaching success, but one suspects it won’t be his best record.

100
Consequence of Sound

Lamar has bypassed the norm by producing an album that’s damn near unimpeachable.

100
Pretty Much Amazing

It is a varied and dense listening experience that feels more like an emotional outburst than an assured statement of purpose.

95
Pitchfork

The miracle of this album is how it ties straightforward rap thrills-- dazzling lyrical virtuosity, slick quotables, pulverizing beats, star turns from guest rappers-- directly to its narrative. 

95
The 405

Naysayers who thought that Lamar's shift from independent to major label would risk the grit found on Overly Dedicated and Section.80 have been proven wrong.

90
Hip Hop DX

With Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, Compton's flag bearer unveils a group of songs equally potent individually and collectively, meeting the mainstream and rabid fans in the middle, improbably touching that thinnest slice between mass appeal and mass respect.

90
PopMatters

Providing the sort of semi-autobiographical character arc, good kid would be enough for some, but it’s the lush environs surrounding this “short film” that makes good kid not only a compelling story, but also musically interesting.

83
A.V. Club

Good Kid is an exercise in tasteful restraint, with Lamar employing his boundless budget in creative ways.

80
No Ripcord

good kid, m.A.A.d city is a cocksure record, but that confidence isn’t misplaced.

80
musicOMH

There are dramatic flourishes, rising crescendos and introspective lulls. In short, it is far more than your typical rap album.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Throughout these 12 songs (often bi- or tripartite), Lamar reshapes and improves upon enough modern rap tropes to at least partially justify the “unique” and “forward-thinking” mantles that have been placed upon him.

60
NME

It might lack the raw appeal of Kendrick’s 2011 mixtape ‘Section.80’, but it’s also a big-budget reminder that the 25-year-old hasn’t forgotten his roots. 

User Reviews

75

This album is hot but it's has a lot of weak beats which makes me want to hit skip & the conclusion of the album,like the last 5 songs suck

91

This album will go down as one of Hip Hop's greatest albums. The whole album feels like a movie with Kendrick showing us his experiences in Compton. These are the best kinds of Hip Hop albums.

Best Tracks: It would be like having to choose a favourite child.

90

I had to give this album a higher rating then I previously gave it. Time does that with these types of albums. 'good kid m.A.A.d. city' is much more than an album when you 'really' listen to it. It is essentially a story with two primary elements, an individual and an environment. The story's objective is to essentially show the colossal influence and effects a certain type of environment can have on a individual. Kendrick sees himself as a 'good kid' stuck in ... read more

91

Best Track: The Art Of Peer Pressure, Money Trees, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, or Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst
Worst Track: Real
Most Overrated Track: Poetic Justice
Most Underrated Track: Compton

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#2
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#4

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Section.80

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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 22, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Interscope/Aftermath
GENRE: Hip Hop
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 11 - A.V. Club
# 4 - AllMusic
# 1 - BBC
# 7 - Beats Per Minute
# 14 - Clash
# 5 - Cokemachineglow
# 3 - Consequence of Sound
# 1 - Exclaim!
# 1 - FACT Magazine
# 4 - FILTER
# 3 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 44 - NME
# 1 - No Ripcord
# 3 - Obscure Sound
# 18 - Paste
# 2 - Pazz and Jop
# 1 - Pitchfork
# 9 - PopMatters
# 3 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 6 - Rolling Stone
# 2 - SPIN
# 4 - Spinner
# 3 - Stereogum
# 2 - The 405
# 5 - The Guardian
# 46 - The Quietus
# 23 - The Wire
# 20 - Tiny Mix Tapes
TRACK LIST
  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 (ft. Jay Rock) 
  6. Poetic Justice (ft. Drake) 
  7. good kid 
  8. m.A.A.d city (ft. MC Eiht) 
  9. Swimming Pools (Drank) 
  10. Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst 
  11. Real Ft. Anna Wise 12. Compton (ft. Dr. Dre)
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Added on: June 27, 2012