Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid m.A.A.d City (2012)
This is one of the most important albums of the last 10 years in my view. The only negative thing I have to say about this record is actually not a comment on the album itself but that I only discovered it this year 🤦🏻♂️ I'll let you in on a lil secret in fact I'd never much listened to Kendrick til this year. I'd try to get into a couple tracks off 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly & I just couldn't. Then last year based on all the hype, I listened to Damn from start to finish. And actually on first listen, I wasn't that drawn in - I didn't know what all the fuss was about!
I then made a conscious effort earlier this year to listen to more of his back catalogue. I played Section 80 & was pleasantly surprised on how good it was, how good his flow & lyricism was. I then played Good Kid m.A.A.d City & was fucking blown away.
The story-telling throughout is superb, the narrative is compelling, the production is on point & Lamar's flow & lyrics are incredible.
GKMC tackles issues of race, adolescent struggles, growing up in Compton, it uses stereotypes to portray characters you may relate to, to take you on the journey. But interestingly alcohol has a big ol' negative light shone on it (something that rarely occurs in the rap world). In Swimming Pools (Drank) i love the clever wordplay: "Now I done grew up 'round some people livin' their life in bottles
Granddaddy had the golden flask
Backstroke every day in Chicago" It tells a story from start to finish but is filled with standalone joints you can nod ya head to as well.
This is a record that I've gone back to almost every other week over the last 6 months. Despite going through & listening to the rest of his discography, mAAd City is the standout for me, one of my favourite albums of the last decade.Hell.As good a hip hop album as there's been this side of the millennium IMO 👌🏻 #vinyl #nowspinning #kendricklamar #kdot #goodkidmaadcity #hiphop #vinylporn #33rpm #vinyljunkie #vinylgram #instavinyl #records #vinylcollector #hiphopjunkie #igvinylclub #vinyligclub #gkmc #vinylcollection #vinylcollectionpost #vinylpost