Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city Receives XXL Rating

Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city receives the prestigious distinction of XXL. In the past, XXL has given the honor to notable classics including Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Common’s Be, Kanye West’s Late Registration, Clipse’s Hell Hath No Fury, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and, most recently, Nas’ Life Is Good.

[Click here to read the full good kid, m.A.A.d city review.]

The Compton MC’s highly personal reflection of his teenage years in the same city that has birthed gangsta rap, touches on a wide array of subject matters in a distinctively unique approach. The following is an excerpt from the review:

“Overall, good kid, m.A.A.d city is an invigorating LP. Every record is both complexly arranged and sonically fitting, foregrounding Kendrick’s vivid lyricism and amazing control of cadence. There’s not a single loophole. From the prayers on “Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter” to the triumphant ending on “Compton,” each skit and track interweaves one another, solidifying a complete picture. While only time can determine the album’s fate, this life chronicle of Kendrick has all—if not more—of the qualities rap’s now living and deceased legends have carved in stone. It’s an undeniably stellar major label debut from Kendrick Lamar, which will certainly hurt the self-esteem of many rappers out now while also inspiring them to reach these heights.”

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city is in stores now.

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  • Naitsirc AD

    wait Life is Good got XXL? Naaa :/

    • Mohan Guaranteed

      lol they lost me there too

    • G-ellis

      get off kendrick dick nas album was just as good as dis..smh kids dese days

      • Gee

        incorrect bro
        - grown ass man

    • AlBryson

      Nas- Life is Good is a GREAT ALBUM and deserves to be recognized

    • DatGuy

      I was thinking the same thing… I bought the album in all, but I didn’t think it was a classic.

  • Guillermo Crosby

    you give this album a xxl and not lupe doe

    • Rob K

      Lupe is by far my favorite rapper but even if I had the choice I wouldn’t give F&L II XXL. Maybe his others but not F&L II

  • Dump

    Well deserved. Not many artists with a no-frills attitude. Nothing mediocre about Kendrick. Life Is Good got an XXL rating? Lmao didn’t know that till today.

    • blah

      life is good deserved a xxl. it also got a 4.5 mics in the source,

  • Rival X Jordan

    Well deserved. I love Nas but Summer on Smash with that whack as verse from Miguel messes up the album from getting that XXL. Life is Good is still a great album. But Kendrick Lamar definately made a classic in the making here.

    • I Am.. Stone

      Nas got the XXL bro.. Kendrick is second to get it this year

  • Ronald Jack

    What’s up with hip hop fans today? Like there can’t be two good albums at one time. Life is Good and good kid M.A.a.d city are both great

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