One-Year Anniversary Of ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’ – Kendrick’s Been Busy
The buildup to the release helped set the stage, of course. His work with Dre had him up on the stage performing alongside Snoop, Dre and Hologram Tupac at Coachella earlier that year, and he and the G-Funk pioneer covered the 15th anniversary issue of XXL in August. But things accelerated once the album came out, and, of course, nothing's been the same since they dropped "Control." An eventful year that saw both his album and second single reach Platinum status and his star-studded collaborations expand to include Jay Z, Jeezy and Game, to name a few, was crowned with his verse on Big Sean's unreleased track, which called out 11 of his peers by name and saw Kendrick declare himself the King of New York, an assertion that ruffled a few feathers, to say the least.
Now a year later, gkmc celebrates its first birthday, and the kid from Compton has grown from a brilliant lyricist on the come-up to a whirlwind force in hip-hop who won't back down from anyone or anything—just a glance at his body language during the TDE Cypher at last week's BET Hip-Hop Awards proves that this is a different Kendrick than the one who dropped the album last year. With that in mind, XXL went back over the year since the album's release to recap Kendrick's biggest moments in the past 12 months. King Kendrick. —Dan Rys (@danrys)