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First Annual XXL Awards Winners

Album of the Year Readers’ Choice

Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.a.a.d. city


The solemn materials and the production choices tie in uniformity, while the interweaving skits complete the picture. Kendrick Lamar’s solo debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope), tells the story of a young K.Dot stomping through the boulevards of Compton with his cronies, partaking in teenage rampage, and eventually facing tragedy. It’s not an untold story, but how Lamar unveiled the package is what makes it so mesmerizing.

Yes, it’s early to deem it as a classic, but the fact that such a discussion occurred is a feat in itself. There’s no denying the album serves as a testament to rap’s past creative epiphanies, and sets a new standard.


Nominees: Nas Life is Good, Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t, Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, Big K.R.I.T., Live From The Underground, Killer Mike R.A.P. Music

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