Good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar’s new album has just dropped and it’s already has everything necessary to be a classic. From the detailed opening track to the Just Blazed produced “Compton” featuring Dr. Dre, this is one hip hop album you truly need in your possession. The album opens up with “Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter” a track that does a fine job in displaying Kendrick Lamar’s flow, storytelling abilities and wind on a track. The second track “B**** don’t Kill My Vibe” is very laid back and is one of the catchier songs on the album.
“Backseat Freestyle” is probably one of the harder tracks on the album. It’s more of a street type of song.
“The Art Of Peer Pressure” quickly tones that down with a beautiful piano melody on the first half of the song, and the second half of the song is Kendrick doing what he does best: flows and storytelling.
Money Trees featuring Jay Rock is a good song with his TDE label Jay Rock. The phrase “you bish” will probably get stuck in your head after giving it a few listens too.
The first half of the album ends with Poetic Justice which will probably be the second single from the album. It has a Janet Jackson sample after all, it is named after the movie she starred in. With a legitimate Drake feature, this will easily be the favorite among most listeners. “good kid” and “m.A.A.d city” are more personal songs. Most people will like them because they have more of a fast pace. They are a bit generic to me but Kendrick is showing range. They almost sound a bit like ”Lil Wayne”.
“Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” is a two part emotional showcase. The song contains a lot of stories from other people perspectives. The first half went for six minutes plus, which is impressive for rap. The second half doesn’t compare to the first but it is good in its own right. The first half would have made a good ending to the album.
“Real” is probably the only forgettable song on the album even though it is still a good song. “Compton” is a great song only because of the simple sample, the Dr. Dre feature, and the Just Blaze production. It actually sounds like nothing on the album. It’s a great song and I see the reason for the album with this song. It’s almost the grand finale kind of thing.
Overall I give the album a 8.5/10. It’s not perfect but it’s good enough to be considered a classic.