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

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

by Kendrick Lamar


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

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2012
Label: Aftermath
UPC: 0602537162321
catalogNumber: 001753602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kendrick Lamar   Primary Artist
Eric Hudson   Keyboards
Marlon Williams   Guitar,Bass Guitar
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
Anna Wise   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Janet Jackson   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Dr. Dre   Executive Producer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Charles Richard Cason   Composer
S. Jordan   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer
P. Williams   Composer
James Harris   Composer
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Producer
R. Riera   Composer
Aaron Tyler   Composer
Punch   Management
C. Smith   Composer
J. Smith   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
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
G. Stevenson   Composer
E. Molina   Composer
James Hunt   Engineer
Tabu   Producer
Mike Larson   Engineer
T-Minus   Producer
Dee Brown   Engineer
Christopher Whitacre   Composer
Terrace Martin   Producer,Additional Production
Elijah Molina   Composer
Rune Rask   Composer
Jonas Vestergaard   Composer
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
Kendrick Duckworth   Composer
Bryan Ujueta   Composer
Chauncey Hollis   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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