Today In Hip-Hop: Kendrick Lamar Releases ‘good kid, m.A.A.d City’

On this day, October 22, in hip-hop history…


2012: Following the success of his independently released album, Section.80 , Kendrick Lamar released his highly anticipated studio album debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city. The album, billed as a short film, transported the listener in to the world of Compton through teenage Kendrick Lamar’s eyes. The songs and skits tell the story of a wild night in Compton with young Kendrick and his friends. He touches on themes like peer pressure, women, drugs, alcohol, gangs, violence, and religion. The album featured Drake, Pharrell, Black Hippy’s Jay Rock, and Dr. Dre.

Get all the details: Timeline of what Kendrick’s been up to since dropping gkmc.

The album was commercially successful debuting at number two on the Billboard 200 and selling over 242,000 copies in its first week. It was the highest first week sales for a hip-hop album from a male artist in 2012, as well as the best selling-debut from a male artist for that year. On Spotify it had 2.8 million streams its first week, having the second highest first week streams of that year. The album was certified platinum in June 2013.

good kid, m.A.A.d city included singles “Swimming Pools (Drank),” and “Poetic Justice” featuring Drake. Other singles included “The Recipe” featuring Dr. Dre and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” which was remixed with a verse from Jay Z. The album won Album of the Year at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. -Ariana LaBarrie

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  • BrianRaider

    One Year Later!

  • carl watkins

    The album also features MC Eiht, but anyway kendrick lamar’s the best rapper alive and GKMC was a classic, that is all.