Traffic map
Article posted: 10/28/2012 6:00 AM

Kendrick Lamar delivers classic rap album

“Good Kid m.A.A.d. city” by Kendrick Lamar

"Good Kid m.A.A.d. city" by Kendrick Lamar

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS/INTERSCOPE RECORDS

 1 of 1 
 
text size: AAA
By Associated Press

Kendrick Lamar, "good kid, m.A.A.d city" (Interscope Records)

Kendrick Lamar is an up-and-coming rapper hailing from Los Angeles with a reputation already built through the underground scene as one of hip-hop's best lyricists.

Advertisement

With the backing of Dr. Dre, the socially conscious emcee continues to enhance that stature on "good kid, m.A.A.d city," a cohesive album filled with classic gems. He takes his storytelling ability to a higher level on his major label debut, a follow-up to his 2011 independent release, "Section.80," that received positive reviews.

On his new offering, Lamar's rap cadences are finely in sync with the stellar production by Pharrell, Tha Bizness, Hit-Boy, Just Blaze and others. The album is an open book of soulful stories that are intertwined through entertaining and thought-provoking skits, with Lamar telling several compelling moments of his upbringing in Compton, the gritty city southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Lamar recalls when he was engulfed in a persuasive environment, running the streets with disobedient friends on "The Art of Peer Pressure." That song seamlessly connects with "Money Trees," where 25-year-old Lamar and guest Jay Rock eloquently rap in detail about a young man's mentality to commit home invasions with the hope of becoming a rap star.

"Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst," which is 12 minutes long, is a combination of two songs that brilliantly tells three different emotional stories. Lamar is also strong on songs like "Real," "(Expletive), Don't Kill My Vibe," "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and the Drake-assisted "Poetic Justice," which samples Janet Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place."

Check this out: On the bonus track, "Black Boy Fly," Lamar pays homage to NBA player Arron Afflalo and rapper The Game, recognizing them for successfully breaking out of Compton.

Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.

This article filed under

Latest Video

MostViewed

Today
Yesterday
Most Commented
Top Jobs

    View all Top Jobs Place a job ad

    MarketsReport

    DHExtras

       
    • Newspaper next section - Newspaper next section Report card checker - report card checker
    • Dh innovation award 2 - Dh innovation award 2 Zillow /real estate page
    • Discuss refer On Guard series
    • Newspaper archives -- Monday or anyday Mike North

    FacebookActivity

    BusinessDirectory

    Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:

    Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.