Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 10:26:121) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD (Aftermath)
1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City Deluxe CD (Aftermath)
1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City LP (Aftermath)
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Just how popular an item is the brand new Kendrick Lamar album Good Kid M.A.A.D City at Amoeba Hollywood? So popular that the SoCal artist's release, which arrived in Amoeba on Monday this week (Oct 22nd), is in a three way tie with itself for the number one chart position. That is the three formats it comes in: regular CD version, the Deluxe CD version, and the LP version of Good Kid M.A.A.D City all tying for that coveted number one slot in the latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart. I think of this album as Straight Outta Compton Version 2012 aka the return of the West Coast. XXL magazine has dubbed it "a future classic" while Ameoblogger Billy Gil called Good Kid M.A.A.D City "the sound of extraordinary promise achieved" and "as intricate, strange and thoroughly addictive an album as anyone could have hoped to hear" citing as part of the reason for the artist's major label debut's success as Kendrick's list of accolades such as his acclaimed Section.80 mixtape from last year and his work with such icons as Drake and Dr. Dre. In fact it is Dre's Aftermath label who released the artist's twelve track major-label (via Universal) debut featuring the popular lead single "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (see video below) that Dr. Dre both executive-produced and mixed. Clocking in at one hour, eight minutes both the regular CD and the LP versions offer twelve tracks while the (much longer) Deluxe CD version contains an extra five bonus tracks.