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Listening to this album is an experience in itself, a journey.
I was blazing through the tracks and talking about the album on air on Friday and @Mannybaidoo hit me up on twitter and said…
He is right, he hit the nail on the head. It is more than an album, it is almost a sonic amalgamation of Kendrick’s very own personal versions of ‘Boyz in Da Hood’, ‘Menace to Society’, ‘Poetic Justice’, with a touch of ‘Training Day’.
‘Good Kid, m.a.a.d. city’ is Kendrick’s portrayal of growing up in L.A., conceptualised in more detail than anyone else before him. The flawless depth of his lyrics, the detail in his pain, his ability to visualise conflicts separate him from everyone else and create a body of work that will take you months to decode. This is what you’ve been waiting for, this is Hip-Hop on a higher level.
Kendrick Lamar has taken the baton from the NWA’s, the CMW, those that were on Death Row, this is the Aftermath for this generation. TDE have officially arrived.