Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
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TheNexus100
November 10th 2014


2696 Comments


lol

LambsBread
November 10th 2014


5334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sing about me is really good but its just one track

ChoccyPhilly
November 10th 2014


11292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how can you not like Sherane?

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Betray
November 10th 2014


6492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

would I dig this i usually only dig ignorant rap

climactic
November 10th 2014


21554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

loveisamixtape
November 10th 2014


7018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really hard not to like

EnyaFangirl
November 10th 2014


1431 Comments


i mean i could never break up with ignorant rap and i unabashedly love this

RFO13
November 10th 2014


78 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Let is sit for 2 years and have come to the conclusion that this is indeed a 5. Modern classic.

Betray
November 10th 2014


6492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

k swee

EnyaFangirl
November 10th 2014


1431 Comments


no idea how i would rank this but m.A.A.d city, Sherane, and good kid are my top 3 i guess

robertsona
Emeritus
November 10th 2014


15253 Comments


"the problem with this being some profound concept album is he never does anything to make up for the immature tracks on the beginning."

i'm always trying to piece together a way to talk about this album that doesn't sound like me bending over backwards to save its apparent hiccups from the critics (my contributors' top 2012 [was that the year? 2011? good lord what year is it now] writeup for this evinces that process) but to me the "concept" of this album insofar as it has one is that, like, maybe you don't need to "make up" for immaturity, so to speak?

it's like when people say they have no regrets because even the most awful shit that has happened to them or the dumbest shit they did shaped them into who they are today--it sounds wonky as a standalone concept but bears out beautifully in the sound and direction this album takes as it goes along. i don't think "backseat freestyle," for me, is quite as simple as signposting something like "this is what i sounded like when i was 17 and stupid but now i'm no longer that!". or, like, it is, but i don't even think kendrick is disowning his younger self so much as realizing that those experiences, that stupid-ness, is integral to where he is today.

his mom, on "real": "If I don't hear from you by tomorrow, I hope you come back and learn from your mistakes. Come back a man, tell your story to these black and brown kids in Compton. Let 'em know you was just like them, but you still rose from that dark place of violence, becoming a positive person. But when you do make it, give back with your words of encouragement, and that's the best way to give back. To your city... And I love you Kendrick, if I don't hear you knocking on the door you know where I usually leave the key. Alright? Talk to you later, bye."

gets me every time.


robertsona
Emeritus
November 10th 2014


15253 Comments


which I guess means it comes down to whether or not you find the "mistakes" aesthetically gratifying but backseat freestyle is exciting and silly and great so THERE

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2014


52906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"but to me the "concept" of this album insofar as it has one is that, like, maybe you don't need to "make up" for immaturity, so to speak? "



Nail on the fucking head



How do people still not "get" this album by now?

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Guzzo10
November 11th 2014


1208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

trebs I didn't even know you knew hip-hop was a genre

SharkTooth
November 11th 2014


13182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude he has like 3 Lil b reviews n' shit, what makes you think he doesn't know what hip-hop is?

Guzzo10
November 11th 2014


1208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Implying lil b is hip-hop

ShadowRemains
November 11th 2014


23243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

#shotsfired

Diglett
November 11th 2014


1607 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ellen degeneres

youre so generous

LambsBread
November 11th 2014


5334 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't mean "make up" in the sense that you interpreted it. what I meant was the immaturity of those

tracks is never balanced out by introspective tracks, which really just makes this album amount to an

immature but catchy album. This album's concept is banal and simplistic "what doesn't kill you makes

you stronger/ the unique person you are", I get that the concept isn't him trying to "make up" for his

17 year old self, the concept is just kinda boring and not very clever.

loveisamixtape
November 11th 2014


7018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i didn't hate it



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