KENDRICK LAMAR IS M.A.A.D
Good Kid M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar’s debut studio album, is straight fire.
Kendrick Lamar, still relatively new to the rap scene, just released his debut studio album Good Kid M.A.A.D City. The new album focuses on the difficulties of growing up in Compton, and the evils that many youths are surrounded by. On the fourth song of the album, aptly named “The Art of Peer Pressure” Lamar spits, “I never was a gang-banger / I mean I was never stranger to the funk neither.” The lyrics take you back to Lamar’s roots in Compton, the notoriously crime-ridden area of Los Angeles, and you get a sense of what life was like for a young black man growing up in the ’90s, surrounded by his friends. The album as a whole has an introspective, smooth flow to it. Kendrick moves away from what we saw on his first album Section.80, which was a concept album focused on the drug dependence of Generation Y, and the troubles of the Ronald Reagan era. This album sounds deeper with a more uninhibited feel. In an interview with XXL Lamar said he was inspired by going back to Compton and hanging with his “homeboys” again. Lamar features Dr. Dre and Drake on the album, and brought back all the producers from Section.80.
In the final song of the album entitled “Compton,” Lamar raps, “Compton, Compton, ain’t no city quite like mine.” Compton has produced a number of rappers including the well known NWA and Dr. Dre who has been so helpful in Kendrick’s career. This final song sums up everything Kendrick has been saying so far. There isn’t another city quite like Compton, and the influences that he found there helped create the rapper he is today. You don’t have to be a rap fan to enjoy Kendrick Lamar, just read his lyrics, he is a fantastic storyteller and Good Kid M.A.A.D City is hopefully just one of many great albums to come. — Steven Pipps
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