Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (Album Review)

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Good Kid, Mad City

Good Kid, m.A.A.d City is the second studio album from rapper Kendrick Lamar. The album takes us on a dark journey through the slang-ridden streets and bloods and crips feuded culture of Kendrick’s Compton. Kendrick channels the social immoralities of his m.A.A.d city through astute lyricism, Ali-like hooks and a mirage of  flows.

Whilst Hit-Boy produced, Backseat Freestyle evokes the ‘humorous side’ of gang life, Sing About Me, produced by Skhye Hutch and I’m Dying of Thirst produced by Like of Pac brings us back to a cold, nostalgic reality. And this is the founding concept which reigns throughout the nature of this album. This nostalgic reality.

The album’s cover art of an aged-looking polaroid displaying a 40-ounce baby Kendrick dangling from his uncles knees signifies a kid thrown into the externalities of a bigger world. But Good Kid, m.A.A.d City isn’t your stereotypical gang-inspired album. It regards religion, love and money, and exhibits a David and Goliath abstraction, which will either serve as the making or breaking of him.