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: #3 / 678
USER SCORE
88
Based on
305 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
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.
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
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
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.
NR
Best Rap Album of the 21th Century.
90
Growing up, I was never really a hip-hop fan, but in 2012, when I was freshman in high school, hearing this album really made me feel like a fool. So I do owe this album a lot, but besides that fact, it's a really fucking fantastic hip-hop album. Kendrick is able to vividly describe the hardships and experiences he had growing up in Compton. The flow of this album is hard to compare to anyone else's, every song is where it should be. Amazing album that will be considered a hip-hop classic one ... read more
Ideekay
93
Kendrick's lyrical abilities are brilliantly showcased in this deeply personal, marvelous piece of an album.

FAVS: Money Trees, m.A.A.d city
Tom Simmons
92
Fav Tracks: Bitch Dant Kill My Vibe, Compton, Sing About Me I'm Dying of Thirst, Backstreet Freestyle, Swimming Pools (Drank), The Art of Peer Pressure, Sherane A.K.A. Master Splinters Daughter, Money Trees, Good Kid, Real
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#2
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#4

Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Section.80

Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated

Overly Dedicated

Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar EP

Kendrick Lamar EP

Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)

Swimming Pools (Drank)

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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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Added on: June 27, 2012