Updated: Oct 23, 2018
By John Livengood
It has been six years since the release of hip hop superstar Kendrick Lamar's classic album 'Good Kid, m.A.A.d City,' and it's still played by million of people throughout the world. The album was not only critically acclaimed by music critics and figures in the music industry but also a huge commercial success, drawing in 2 million in domestic album sales and over a billion in streams. Genius.com label the album as a 'Modern ay classic' and I personally have nostalgic memories of the iconic album.
Before GKMC, Kendrick Lamar was gaining traction with popular mixtapes Overly Dedicated, and Section 80. However, he was still not considered a top three artist in hip hop at the point. It wasn't the quality of his music, it was the simple fact that he didn't have the shine that artists such as Drake or J. Cole received. Popular single off the album 'Swimming Pools' and 'The Recipe' finally gave Kendrick popular singles that drew in heavy anticipation for the album. When the album dropped, everybody was talking about it.
To best describe the album, it can be called 'A Hip Hop Audiobook of youth adolescence and growing up brilliance,' the skits and story telling in each song gave the album a movie feel. It was one of the most innovative albums of the past three decades. From the features, production, skits, and wordplay, it's argued as one of the best albums of all time. Not only did it solidify Kendrick as a powerhouse, it was the start of his eventual succession into one of the greatest artists to touch a mic. It gave him momentum to drop recent classic albums such as 'To Pimp A Butterfly,' and 'DAMN.'
The Track list is :
1. Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter (Prod. By Tha Bizness) 2. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Prod. By Sounwave) 3. Backseat Freestyle (Prod. By Hit-Boy) 4. The Art of Peer Pressure (Prod. By Tabu) 5. Money Trees (Ft. Jay Rock) (Prod. By DJ Dahi) 6. Poetic Justice (Ft. Drake) (Prod. By Scoop DeVille) 7. good kid [Prod. By Pharrell] 8. m.A.A.d city (Ft. MC Eiht) (Prod. By Sounwave & Terrace Martin) 9. Swimming Pools (Drank) *Extended Version* (Prod. By T-Minus) 10. Sing About Me (Prod. By Skhye Hutch + Sounwave) / I’m Dying Of Thirst (Prod. By Like of Pac Div) 11. Real (Ft. Anna Wise) (Prod. By Terrace Martin) 12. Compton (Ft. Dr. Dre) (Prod. By Just Blaze)
13. The Recipe (Ft. Dr. Dre) (Prod. By Scoop DeVille) 14. Black Boy Fly (Prod. By Rahki & Dawaun Parker) 15. Now Or Never (Ft. Mary J. Blige) (Prod. By Jack Splash) 16. Collect Calls 17. Swimming Pools (Drank) (Prod. By T-Minus)
An overall masterpiece with cinematic flair and mass appeal, GKMC is a 10/10. It's one of those classic albums where you can play years later and it will still feel brand new with it's outstanding quality. Do yourself a favor and play the album, you won't regret it! Check out the album below via YouTube.