So... is good kid, m.A.A.d city a classic, or nah?
Kendrick Lamar's second studio album isn't perfect. But you can nitpick anything if you put your contrarian mind to it. Like Nas' Illmatic, there's not a single bar wasted on this LP. Every element is a building block to something greater, from the skits to the instrumentation. It's a project you can deconstruct for hours, like studying the internal architecture of an onion's rings. The production helps animate a mini-movie that's personal to Kendrick, but also relatable to many seeds sprouting in Compton's chaotic streets. And for rap peers, a new bar of excellence.
One year later, gkmc sounds just as classic as the first time we've laid ears on it. Happy birthday, kid.