The week later review…
By Jakina Hill
‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Record Label: Aftermath/Interscope Records
So I started listening to the second disk first, somehow thinking that there might actually be a short film, like moving images on it for the $16.42 I paid for the Deluxe edition of good kid, m.A.A.d city, (yes I still go to Best Buy and purchase actual CDs). Of course there wasn’t, but there was three songs. I felt a little cheated, but the songs were good and when I put the 12 track original CD in is when the movie began.
Kendrick Lamar vividly paints tales from the hood and offers a fly on the wall glimpse inside his coming of age story. The story is set in Compton, and the main characters are the homies, Sherane, his parents, and his mama’s van. On standout track ‘Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst’ the story becomes more that just Kendrick’s but the story of many people from any hood. “ … daughter is dead, mother is mourning, the stray bullets, AK bullets, resuscitation was waiting patiently but they couldn’t bring her back, who got the footage, channel nine, cameras is looking…”
Kendrick continues to go in an out of Nicki Minaj-esque voices throughout the songs and every time he goes into one I question whether they are add or take away from the song, I guess it does neither.
With the exception of songs like ‘m.A.A.d city’ that encompasses the anxiousness of doing dirt, the album maintains a laid back California vibe.
Standouts are ‘Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter,’ ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and ‘Black Boy Fly.’
photographer, Chicago, writer, Pisces, magazines, music, fashion, visual, Designer, art... A magazine girl in a blog world.
All Photos are taken by Me unless otherwise specified. For business inquiries email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.