One Year Later: Can We Call Kendrick Lamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' LP A Classic Yet?
October 23, 2013 - 12:45 pm
Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter
The storytelling of this opening track hasn’t staled at all thanks to K Dot’s vivid details and Menace II Society-like suspense. Even knowing the good kid’s violent fate, the memories of adolescent sexting and eerie foreshadowing make for an conceptual setup that one-ups Sherane herself. The hilarious spat between Kendrick's mom and pops is as ageless as Stacey Dash.
Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
While the remix is the more memorable version for its acknowledgement of gkmc’s million-selling status and an insane closing verse that overpowers Hov’s, this original was the calm before the storm. Its vibe is alive and well.
The most manic moment on good kid, m.A.A.d. city is the sole track where Kendrick hears the beat—Hit-Boy’s 808s and hypnotizing percussion—and goes full Forrest Gump in the booth. Were his screams always this grating? Is this his best Meek Mill impression? Still dope, but prone to the occasional skip.
The Art Of Peer Pressure
A good story never gets old. But a great story always feels like the first time. This one falls somewhere in the middle. Who can’t relate to peer pressure as a teenager that doesn’t know any better? (Ditto for grown-ass adults.)
Ever see Kendrick perform this live? Yeah—definitely no signs of aging here. The censored name in verse one adds an authentic touch. And the beat switch-up helps keep things exciting. Can we please get some more new music from MC Eiht?
Swimming Pools (Drank)
Most first singles don’t age well. This one is a bit worn, but it’s unconventional enough to maintain a non-perishable shelf life.
Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst
If you had to play a single song for someone unaware of Kendrick Lamar Duckworth’s existence, this would be it. I’ve always been a sucker for how these first two verses close out, the first silenced by gunfire, the second fading into the instrumental to indicate a prostitute’s declining health and ultimate demise. Impossible not to be moved by these lyrics. Not sure if even Nas could've taken this record up a notch.