Good kid, m.A.A.d city [Deluxe Edition] (CD)


Kendrick Lamar

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Billy Gil, Hollywood 10/20/2012

Good Kid M.A.A.D. City is the sound of extraordinary promise achieved, as Kendrick Lamar, who rapped as an independent artist for years, releasing his acclaimed Section.80 mixtape last year and working with the likes of Drake and Dr. Dre, before releasing this, his major-label debut. Given that pressure, the most remarkable thing about Good Kid M.A.A.D. City is how relaxed and assured it sounds. Its first two tracks set the stage introducing Lamar as a kid from Compton as devoted to religion as he is to girls — “I am a sinner who’s probably gonna sin again,” he says on “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” That’s before tearing into “Backseat Freestyle,” a blistering, Lil’ Wayne-style track with production from Hit-Boy, known for his work on such tracks as Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as in Paris.” From there, Good Kid M.A.A.D. City continues developing its addictive world of sound, moving into the affecting, detailed account of troubled youth, “The Art of Peer Pressure,” rapping over a Janet Jackson sample with Drake on “Poetic Justice” and taking a dip into the narcotic haze of “Swimming Pools,” evoking the weary, head-spinning world of partying night after night. Lamar even makes his seemingly heavy-handed 12-minute “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” work, given its starting casualness — the gunshots that cut him off from finishing his “if I die before your album drop” line are so matter-of-fact and quick, they ring louder and truer than a hundred other hip-hop tracks utilizing the overused gun shot effect. Good Kid M.A.A.D. City is as intricate, strange and thoroughly addictive an album as anyone could have hoped to hear from Kendrick Lamar.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sherane A.K.A. Master Splinter's Daughter
Kendrick Lamar 04:33
2.
Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
Kendrick Lamar 05:10
3.
Backseat Freestyle
Kendrick Lamar 03:32
4.
The Art Of Peer Pressure
Kendrick Lamar 05:24
5.
Money Trees
Kendrick Lamar , Jay Rock 06:26
6.
Poetic Justice
Kendrick Lamar , Drake 05:00
7.
Good Kid
Kendrick Lamar 03:34
8.
M.A.A.D City
Kendrick Lamar , MC Eiht 05:50
9.
Swimming Pools
Kendrick Lamar 05:13
10.
Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst
Kendrick Lamar 12:03
11.
Real
Kendrick Lamar , Anna Wise 07:23
12.
Compton
Kendrick Lamar , Dr. Dre 04:08
13.
The Recipe
Kendrick Lamar , Dr. Dre 05:52
14.
Black Fly
Kendrick Lamar 04:38
15.
Now Or Never
Kendrick Lamar , Mary J. Blige 04:17
16.
Collect Calls
Kendrick Lamar 03:57
17.
Swimming Pools
Kendrick Lamar 04:07
18.
Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
Kendrick Lamar 04:38

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