Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A brief review of Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city"

When I first checked out "Section 80", I'll admit I wasn't impressed, that is until I revisited it a couple of months ago (revisits seem to work with me a lot,  lol), and I don't know what I missed the first time around, but it clicked with me (it was his voice that I wasn't too crazy about), so much so that I copped "Section 80" a day later. With all the hype surrounding him and this new album, he seems to be a bright talent coming out of the West Coast. Does it live up to the hype in my opinion? Let's take a look.

The album, in a conceptual form, begins with a very good start in "Sherane a.k.a.Master Splinter's Daughter", and the title says it all, as he talks in description of a lady from his past, followed by a hilarious closing after the song from his parents. "The Art of Peer Pressure" is pretty brilliant. It details very well what happens when we're subject to peer pressure, and I'm sure most of us have experienced it in some form in our lives. Other highlights include "good kid", the Drake assisted "Poetic Justice", which features a nice Janet Jackson sample courtesy of "Anytime, Anyplace" (I made it CLEAR I'm not a fan of Drake, but this type of song is tailor made for him), the Just Blaze produced banger "Compton", which also features Dr. Dre, and the MC Eiht featured "m.A.A.d city", and I like how they switch the beat up for this one in the middle of the song. "Swimming Pools (Drank)", which is an amazing song, and he does an effective job from the perception of being under the influence of drinks, much like Nas did with "Drunk By Myself". It has to be heard to be appreciated, the same way the very personal (in a good way) 12 minute track "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst" is.

And of course, this album, while excellent, is not flawless, as a song like "Money Trees" (featuring Jay Rock) would've been much better as a three or four minute song instead of 6:27.

Overall, does it live up to the hype? I'll say yes. I recently said that I thought "Section 80" was better, and while that project was excellent (much like this album), the conceptual nature of this album makes this the better one, respectively. At this point, after thoroughly listening to it, honestly, it already doesn't seem like it would have much replay value with me, and that could change though. Other than that, no complaints about this album and I'm glad I revisited it.

Rating- A solid 4.5 stars

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