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

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
CRITIC SCORE
89
Based on 18 reviews
2012 Rank: #2 / 657
USER SCORE
88
Based on
270 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

dyelir
93
Rappers nowadays work best with two faces.
Drake has a solemnly heartfelt voice that can melt girls hearts + he can conjure up the force of the latest ignorant banger everyone loves by merely yawning.
Kanye also has the switch- between brash and confessional. A lot similar to Drake's aesthetic.
In comes Kendrick Duckworth aka Kendrick Lamar. He's a rapper from Compton but other than him mentioning this multiple times in the album, you wouldn't know it by the words he rhymes with. ... read more

EMR
92
Good Kid is an instant hip hop classic. Lamar has gained the "prince of rap" status after it's release, and it isn't unnaccurate. Easily one of the best 2012 records, it brings great productions, a biography-themed lyricism and marvellous flow from the rapper. It is a must hear for any good music fan out there.

kayrock
NR
Like a movie. Classic.

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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