5. Good Kid Delivers In More Ways Than One
By now tracks from good kid, m.A.A.d city have been premiered at listening events. And the reception from critics has mostly been two lanes of unmitigated praise and hyperbole. But in between measured applauds and over-the-top proclamations for Kendrick Lamar’s confident debut and (there are Kendrick STANS claming that it’s the greatest album of the decade…true story), there is some middle ground. What Lamar has achieved so far in his young career is indeed impressive and warrants talk of the West Coaster having the best hip-hop album of the year on his hands.
Good Kid is original, without trying too hard; Sublimely lyrical without any of the look-ma-no-hands verbal gymnastics that at times disconnects gifted MC’s from the general public and (gasp!) thoughtful in the way Lamar approaches rhyming. He’s not just trying to be clever or latch on to a radio smash or strip club anthem. But yet you can envision him throwing racks in the air amid a bevy of dancing girls. He’s ridiculously real.