Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City [Deluxe] [Three Bonus Tracks] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Hip-hop debuts don't come much more "highly anticipated" than Kendrick Lamar's. A series of killer mixtapes displayed his talent for thought-provoking street lyrics delivered with an attention-grabbing flow, and then there was his membership in the Black Hippy crew with his brethren Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock all issuing solo releases that pleased the "true hip-hop" set, setting the stage for a massive fourth and final. Top it off with a pre-release XXL Magazine cover that he shared with his label boss and all-around legend Dr. Dre, and the "biggest debut since Illmatic" stuff starts to flow, but Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City would be a milestone even without the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Hip-hop debuts don't come much more "highly anticipated" than Kendrick Lamar's. A series of killer mixtapes displayed his talent for thought-provoking street lyrics delivered with an attention-grabbing flow, and then there was his membership in the Black Hippy crew with his brethren Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock all issuing solo releases that pleased the "true hip-hop" set, setting the stage for a massive fourth and final. Top it off with a pre-release XXL Magazine cover that he shared with his label boss and all-around legend Dr. Dre, and the "biggest debut since Illmatic" stuff starts to flow, but Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City would be a milestone even without the back-story, offering cool and compelling lyrics, great guests (Drake, Dr. Dre, and MC Eiht) and attractive production (from Pharrell, Just Blaze, Tabu, and others). Here, Kendrick is living his life like status and cash were extra credit. It is what makes this kid so "good" as he navigates his "mad" city (Compton) with experience and wisdom beyond his years (25). He's shamelessly bold about the allure of the trap, contrasting the sickness of his city with the universal feeling of getting homesick, and carrying a Springsteen-sized love for the home team. Course, in his gang-ruled city, N.W.A. was the home team, but as the truly beautiful, steeped-in-soul, biographic key track "The Art of Peer Pressure" finds a reluctant young Kendrick and his friends feeding off the life-force of Young Jeezy's debut album, it's something Clash, Public Enemy, and all other rebel music fans can relate to. Still, when he realizes that hero Jeezy must have risen above the game -- because the real playas are damned and never show their faces -- it spawns a kind of elevated gangsta rap that's as pimp-connectable as the most vicious Eazy-E, and yet poignant enough to blow the dust off any cracked soul. Equally heavy is the cautionary tale of drank dubbed "Swimming Pools," yet that highlight is as hooky and hallucinatory as most Houston drank anthems, and breaks off into one of the chilling, cassette-quality interludes that connect the album, adding to the documentary or eavesdropping quality of it all. Soul children will experience déjà vu when "Poetic Justice" slides by with its Janet Jackson sample -- sounding like it came off his Aunt's VHS copy of the movie it's named after -- while the closing "Compton" is an anthem sure to make the Game jealous, featuring Dre in beast mode, acting pre-Chronic and pre-Death Row. This journey through the concrete jungle of Compton is worth taking because of the artistic richness within, plus the attraction of a whip-smart rapper flying high during his rookie season. Any hesitation about the horror of it all is quickly wiped away by Kendrick's mix of true talk, open heart, open mind, and extended hand. Add it all up and even without the hype, this one is still potent and smart enough to rise to the top of the pile. [A Deluxe Edition added a second album with three bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Aftermath
  • UPC: 602537162321
  • Catalog Number: 001753602

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kendrick Lamar Primary Artist
Eric Hudson Keyboards
Marlon Williams Guitar, Bass Guitar
Anna Wise Vocals, Background Vocals
Chad Hugo Vocals
Andre Brissett Keyboards
Margaux Strings
Mary Keating Violin
Sly "Pyper" Jordan Vocals
Andrew Clifton Keyboards
ScHoolboy Q Handwriting
JMSN Vocals, Background Vocals
Camille "Ill Camille" Davis Vocals
Marcy Keating Violin
Gabriel Stevenson Piano
Gabby Jayne Vocals
Travor Lawrence Drums
Chalry Strings
Demonterious Lawrence Bass
Technical Credits
Quincy Jones Composer
Dr. Dre Executive Producer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Charles Richard Cason Composer
S. Jordan Composer
P. Williams Composer
J. Harris Composer
Mauricio Iragorri Engineer
Mike Bozzi Mastering
Pharrell Williams Producer
A. Tyler Composer
R. Riera Composer
Punch Management
C. Smith Composer
Just Blaze Producer
Anthony "TOPDAWG" Tiffith Executive Producer
Willie Long grooming
Alex Legrand Composer
Jack Splash Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Like Producer
Dawaun Parker Producer
Margaux String Arrangements
Don Robinson Marketing
Scoop DeVille Producer
Tha Bizness Producer
Hit-Boy Producer
D. Parker Composer
G. Stevenson Composer
E. Molina Composer
James Hunt Engineer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Tabu Producer
Mike Larson Engineer
T-Minus Producer
Dee Brown Engineer
Christopher Whitacre Composer
Terrace Martin Producer, Additional Production
Rahki Producer
DJ Dahi Producer
Archie Davis Marketing
Ray Alba Publicity
Skhye Hutch Producer
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali Engineer
Kendrick Lamar Art Direction
Sounwave Producer, Additional Production
Dave Free Management
Bryan Ujueta Composer
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth Composer
C. Hollis Composer
J. Vestergaard Composer
Barry Williams Marketing
Vindahl Friis Composer
Paula Oliver Photo Courtesy
Lykke Schmift Composer
Dwane LaFleur Photo Courtesy
Chalry String Arrangements
Victoria Garance Composer
Moosa Management
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