It is a rare thing for an album to live up to such frenzied hype however, Kendrick Lamar’s debut studio album has not only done so; it has surpassed expectations. In fact, this record has already been hailed as a classic in some quarters. Such praise may be premature but as the dust settles it is clear that this has set a benchmark for modern-day hip hop. Good Kid M.A.A.D City features an eclectic, yet cohesive, array of beats laced with a slew of hard-hitting and articulate rhymes. Lamar has the rare ability to be a conscious rapper without being preachy or patronising. Featuring guest appearances from his mentor Dr Dre and production from Pharrell; this homage to Kendrick’s home city of Compton is exactly what the doctor ordered.
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