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

25 January, 2013


By Nixxie 


Let me begin with a quick disclaimer / excuse / sorry I'm late / my dog ate my homework note: yes, every man and his dog has gone head over heels crazy over this album ever since it was released in October 2012. And yes, it's almost February 2013 and I'm only getting round to it now. What can I say - I'm slow! If something is good, like this is, it sometimes takes me a while to wrap my head around the various little nuances that make it truly stand out. So apologies for the lateness, but here you go, have another Kendrick review to add to your stack.


I first got into Kendrick Lamar's music when I tuned into ADHD (from his 2011 full length release section .80). I remember playing Kush & Korinthians real loud in my car one day in Athens, Greece, only to have a bunch of kids pull up next to me asking "What is THAT?? We needs it, NOW!". I guess good music is universally understood instantly, regardless of whether it is comprehended fully at once.


Now let me get something straight: I've been a fan of hiphop and its various offshoots for a long time now. Three things captivate me with good rap: the stories that get told, they way they get told and the music that accompanies the "telling".


I first got into good kid m.A.A.d city when I found myself losing the plot in a store in downtown manhattan - Swimming Pools (Drank) was blasting and I had one of those cinematographic moments where the camera focuses on a person but the background starts to move backwards. You know that feeling. Time stands still and all that. The 'story' is alcoholism, the 'way' is astoundingly outstanding and the 'accompanying music' is killer.


Given how many reviews have been written about this LP, and the fact that I'm only 3 months late, I won't go into each song analyzing it and what I liked. Instead, let me simply enumerate for you my favorite tracks:


  • The Art of Peer Pressure - i just LOVE how this begins, how it then changes into something altogether different, great flows mixing with simple yet effective baselines
  • Money Trees - loving the production values on this and the hook-laden lyrics
  • Swimming Pools - a simple story told incredibly aptly
  • The Recipe - Dr Dre delivers on this, and I particularly enjoy the background vox
  • Now or Never - well I'm a big Mary J Blige fan so this was easy to like


What I do want to say about Kenrick Lamar and his creative exploits is that I really admire/enjoy/appreciate the way he is able to steer clear from making "pop" or overly commercial music. Instead he opts for issues that are close to his heart and is able to deliver them with giant sized dollops of panache and lyrical dexterity.





Primary Genre: Hip-Hop 


Release Date: 22 October 2012


Label: Polydor


Influences: Dr Dre


Like This And You'll Probably Also Like: A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q


Album Highlights:  Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe, The Art Of Peer Pressure, Money Trees, Poetic Justice, Swimming Pools (Drank), The Recipe






Swimming Pools 






The Recipe





Money Trees





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"One of 2012's undeniable musical highlights 8/10"


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