10 Other Rap Debuts That Shook Up Hip-Hop


Debuts like the one that Kendrick Lamar just made with his first major label album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, don’t come along very often. In fact, it’s pretty rare for the hip-hop community to get this excited about someone’s debut album. But, every now and then, it happens. Sometimes, those debuts live up to all the hype surrounding them. Other times, they leave us scratching our heads and wondering why we thought an artist was going to be so great in the first place. But, either way, they’re well-defined moments in hip-hop history.

In Kendrick’s case, the former is the case. We bought into the hype surrounding the “good kid” prior to m.A.A.d city’s release, and his album more than justified it. It also sold in excess of 200,000 copies, according to early projections by Billboard, proving that we’re not alone in our praise for Kendrick. So, in light of all the success that the Compton MC is enjoying right now, we thought we’d take a look back at 10 Recent Rap Debuts That Made As Much Noise As Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. Check out why these debuts did—or, in some cases, didn’t—live up to the hype that surrounded them.