Good Kid Maad City(Explicit Version) CD (2012)

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 240399285
UPC 602537156535
UPC 14 00602537156535
Format CD
Release Date 10/22/2012
Author Kendrick Lamar
Associated Artist/Work DJ Haze
Artist Contemporary Ab-Soul
Artist Contemporary Big K.R.I.T.
Artist Contemporary Big Pooh
Artist Contemporary Big Sean
Artist Contemporary Chief Keef
Artist Contemporary Curren$y
Artist Contemporary Dom Kennedy
Artist Contemporary Fashawn
Artist Contemporary Isaiah Rashad
Artist Contemporary J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Jay Rock
Artist Contemporary Joey Bada$$
Artist Contemporary Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Artist Contemporary Meek Mill
Artist Contemporary MellowHype
Artist Contemporary Mick Jenkins
Artist Contemporary ScHoolboy Q
Artist Contemporary Slaughterhouse
Artist Contemporary Tech N9ne
Artist Contemporary The Underachievers
Artist Contemporary TiRon
Artist Follower Trip Lee (rap)
Technical Info
CatalogID 3715653
Lable Name Aftermath
Released 10/22/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602537156535
Musical Guests
Jay Rock
MC Eiht
Anna Wise
Dr. Dre
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: At My Mama's House Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; PatchWerk Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; TDE Red Room, Carson, CA.
Photographer: Dan Monick.
Hip-hop debuts don't come much more "highly anticipated" than Kendrick Lamar's. A series of killer mixtapes displayed his talent for thought-provoking street lyrics delivered with an attention-grabbing flow, and then there was his membership in the Black Hippy crew with his brethren Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock all issuing solo releases that pleased the "true hip-hop" set, setting the stage for a massive fourth and final. Top it off with a pre-release XXL Magazine cover that he shared with his label boss and all-around legend Dr. Dre, and the "biggest debut since Illmatic" stuff starts to flow, but Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City would be a milestone even without the back-story, offering cool and compelling lyrics, great guests (Drake, Dr. Dre, and MC Eiht) and attractive production (from Pharrell, Just Blaze, Tabu, and others). Here, Kendrick is living his life like status and cash were extra credit. It is what makes this kid so "good" as he navigates his "mad" city (Compton) with experience and wisdom beyond his years (25). He's shamelessly bold about the allure of the trap, contrasting the sickness of his city with the universal feeling of getting homesick, and carrying a Springsteen-sized love for the home team. Course, in his gang-ruled city, N.W.A. was the home team, but as the truly beautiful, steeped-in-soul, biographic key track "The Art of Peer Pressure" finds a reluctant young Kendrick and his friends feeding off the life-force of Young Jeezy's debut album, it's something Clash, Public Enemy, and all other rebel music fans can relate to. Still, when he realizes that hero Jeezy must have risen above the game -- because the real playas are damned and never show their faces -- it spawns a kind of elevated gangsta rap that's as pimp-connectable as the most vicious Eazy-E, and yet poignant enough to blow the dust off any cracked soul. Equally heavy is the cautionary tale of drank dubbed "Swimming Pools," yet that highlight is as hooky and hallucinatory as most Houston drank anthems, and breaks off into one of the chilling, cassette-quality interludes that connect the album, adding to the documentary or eavesdropping quality of it all. Soul children will experience d?j? vu when "Poetic Justice" slides by with its Janet Jackson sample -- sounding like it came off his Aunt's VHS copy of the movie it's named after -- while the closing "Compton" is an anthem sure to make the Game jealous, featuring Dre in beast mode, acting pre-Chronic and pre-Death Row. This journey through the concrete jungle of Compton is worth taking because of the artistic richness within, plus the attraction of a whip-smart rapper flying high during his rookie season. 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. ~ David Jeffries
Artist Overview
Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. A native of Compton, California, Lamar originally rapped as K. Dot and released a series of mixtapes under that name. His first official album, Section.80 (2011), was released as a digital download and entered the Billboard 200 at number 113. Dubbed "The New King of the West Coast," Lamar signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, where he developed into an exceptional storyteller with the compelling, expansive, and uncompromising albums Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (2015). ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Lamar is an unlikely star: a storyteller...setting spiritual yearnings and moral dilemmas against a backdrop of gang violence and police brutality."
Entertainment Weekly (p.97) - "GOOD KID tracks Lamar's coming-of-age with a highly cinematic dye, steeping his storytelling in the WEst Coast anthems that shaped him..."
Disc 1
1 Sherane aka Master Splinter's Daughter
2 Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
3 Backseat Freestyle
4 Art of Peer Pressure, The
5 Money Trees - (featuring Jay Rock)
6 Poetic Justice - (featuring Drake)
7 Good Kid
8 m.A.A.d City
9 Swimming Pools (Drank) [Extended Version]
10 Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst
11 Real
12 Compton - (featuring Dr. Dre)
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