Nowadays Hip-Hop has been conveyed in the form of an audio commercial that is constantly talking about material non-sense or items that are way out of most Americans’ financial status purchase capabilities. Bentleys and bitches, hoes and clothes, but is that all we truly know? Guess that is what happens to a music genre that chases the dollar; it tends to lose its way–the way of the people. It forgets the stories that some of us really live, not the fantasies that some record company thinks we want to live. There seems to be no change in sight, so, like most skeptics, we were weary of Kendrick Lamar’s debut project. But just when you think the hype is just that, hype, you find out that, once in a blue, the internet gets it right.
↓ Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. CITY. ↓
Kendrick Lamar‘s debut album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is a story about an innocent kid surrounded by chaos. You may have been this kid. You know, the one who tries to do right but always gets caught up in a bad situation. To others, this kid may be a menace but, in reality, this kid is no where near close to being a bad ass. At times, the kid is only a victim of the environment he or she was born into–sometimes it is the peer pressure and the wanting to belong. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is that very same reality but on wax. It is a story told that has yet be told about the realities of the life of an adolescent in Kendrick’s hometown of Compton.
Some Hip-Hop historians may be familiar with the narratives that Kendrick Lamar spits as it is like listening to an audio version of the classic film, Boyz-N-the-Hood. But there is one thing that Kendrick has that Boyz-N-the-Hood did not and that is Dr. Dre. Some recognizable samples came from Janet Jackson‘s “Anytime, Anyplace’ in Poetic Justice. Then there is the masterpiece, “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst”, where the Doc strings together an epic arrangement of chords using Grant Green‘s “Maybe Tomorrow” and Kendrick Lamar employs the great lost art of storytelling. Joined by other acts like Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, & Ab-soul, Kendrick Lamar and his T.D.E. Clique (Top Dawg Entertainment) look to be the next clan to take a slice out of the industry pie. We definitely give Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City high marks for depth, great use of interludes, and most importantly Kendrick Lamar’s brilliant honesty.