I must admit, I had my reservations about Kendrick at first. Like most rap fans I know up here in Northern California, I wasn't listening to Kendrick. I mean, he had a few nice songs I really liked, but I had no clue how impactful "good kid, m.A.A.d city" really is.
To say I was sleeping on Lamar's skills would be an understatement! I clearly had the wrong idea as do many of you. If you have not heard the "good kid, m.A.A.d city" album, you're late. Tardy! Or you are really not a rap fan.
However, if you are a real rap fan as I am, you need to run out and PURCHASE this album. Lyrically, Kendrick can't be matched by any new artist right now. He may also be one of the greatest lyricists ever, although it's a little too soon to tell. He has definitely "woke the game up" if you will.
Now I know times are hard and, during hard times, people do not want to listen to lyrical content and words and things of that nature. Evenso, I believe better times are coming eventually and when they do come, we'll be looking for some real substance in our music as well as in our daily lives. In those times, we will all return to our senses and pay homage to real genius and talent, like Kendrick Lamar, Elzhi, Robert Glasper, and of course, yours truly, etc.
I give "good kid, m.A.A.d city" 5 out of 5 Stars! Maybe it's because it has been so long since we've heard some great, let alone decent, rap music. Nevertheless, I gave it 5 stars.
My favorite tracks are Money Trees (feat. Jay Rock), Black Boy Fly, and B*#ch, Don't Kill My Vibe. I've always loved Recipe and Real is a classic too, but again, this entire album is a classic all around! @kendricklamar @thatDJgo