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

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
CRITIC SCORE
87
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Rank: #2 / 759
USER SCORE
89
Based on
371 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
FACT Magazine
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
Consequence of Sound

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

100
Pretty Much Amazing
Pretty Much Amazing

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

100
Exclaim!
Exclaim!

Lamar's inimitable artistry and self-assurance have been on display for a while now, but good kid, m.A.A.d. city is the uncompromising documentation of that treacherous journey of self-discovery.

100
XXL
XXL

Overall, good kid, m.A.A.d city is an invigorating LP. Every record is both complexly arranged and sonically fitting, foregrounding Kendrick’s vivid lyricism and amazing control of cadence. There’s not a single loophole.

95
Pitchfork
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
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
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
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.

90
AllMusic
AllMusic
Any hesitation about the horror of it all is quickly wiped away by Kendrick's mix of true talk, open heart, open mind, and extended hand. Add it all up and even without the hype, this one is still potent and smart enough to rise to the top of the pile.
85
AllHipHop
AllHipHop

It is rare accomplishment to have such an array of different producers on one project to sound this cohesive.

83
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

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

80
Spin
Spin

It's a completely exhausting listen, one that might prove easier to admire than enjoy. But at the very least, it's never anything less than fascinating.

80
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

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

80
musicOMH
musicOMH

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

80
Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone

Lamar is an unlikely star: a storyteller, not a braggart or punch-line rapper, setting spiritual yearnings and moral dilemmas against a backdrop of gang violence and police brutality.

80
Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City has a widescreen narrative and scope. The dense, often lengthy tracks are interspersed with spurts of dialogue from friends and family, creating an air of intimacy reinforced by the hushed, watery beats.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes
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
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
BonoLightier
88
Even if you don't like hip-pop, you need to listen to this record.
RichGod
95
GKMC is hands down the best Hip-Hop/Rap album of 2012. Three years later it's still better than most of the "rap" you hear on the radio. Fantastic rapping over perfect beats along with an actual story to follow along with as the album goes on makes a perfect album, and Kendrick has really risen to the top. I was not the biggest fan of section.80 or Overly Dedicated so when GKMC dropped I was not too hyped about it. But then I illegally downloaded it and fell in love, and when I love ... read more
Gupla
94
Esto es mejor que To Pimp a Butterfly.
jasonwallace199
97
Kendrick has created one of the best rap albums of all time. He's able to tell a story of his life in the hood. With great production, great features and deep messages, this is truly one of if not the greatest rap album of the past two decades.

Fav Songs: Sherane aka Master Splinters Daughter, Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe, Backseat Freestyle, The Art of Peer Pressure, Money Trees, Poetic Justice, good kid, MAAD City, Swimming Pools (Drank) Sing About Me I'm Dying of Thirst

Least Fav: Real (If I ... read more
SeaBass
94
Honest and important, focusses on concept and experience and brings a modern classic to light.
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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 & 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
# 14 - Time Out London
# 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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patton, thisisabtlgrnd, philthy
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Added on: June 27, 2012