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

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
CRITIC SCORE
88
Based on 22 reviews
2012 Rank: #2 / 860
USER SCORE
89
Based on
550 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.

100
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

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

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.

91
Entertainment Weekly

His major-label debut contains even more deep hooks, without diminishing Lamar’s knack for riding humming beats with his surreal interior narratives.

90
HipHopDX

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.

90
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

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

83
A.V. Club

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

80
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

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.

80
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

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.

80
The Guardian

From its ambitious narrative arc to its fine linguistic detail, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is a honed and deliberate major label debut.

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
Nov 8, 2014
BonoLightier
88
Even if you don't like hip-pop, you need to listen to this record.
Nov 27, 2015
100
Tells an enduring story of which new nuances can be discovered through every listen without sacrificing even a sliver of musical potency.
Nov 22, 2015
100
Just listen to this, please. Please.
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# 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
# 2 - TIME
# 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


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