By this album, Kendrick Lamar has proven to the world that he is the most skilled lyricist/MC there is out there. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City isn't your ordinary hip hop album. It tells a story, and is played out like as a film. Every song immerses you into the scenario that Kendrick is in. You can imagine every detail, everything that he is painfully experiencing in this album. This is because of the combo of his rapping voice and masterful production. The beats are phenomenal. The beats fit the lyrics perfectly, and sucks you in the action. Kendrick's lyrics are top notch, and his flow is flawless. The skits are surprisingly emotional and sometimes funny. Now, back to Kendrick's lyrics. His lyrics connect with you, expressing relatable world problems, for example, peer pressure. In The Art of Peer Pressure, he's hanging out with his homies, and he's doing all this messed up stuff, but he's only doing it because he's with his homies. Inside him he doesn't wanna do this. He is a good kid inside. Kendrick emphasizes this in the song. Now, I won't list any standout tracks or anything, because that will just make you listen to the songs that I listed. No. Doesn't work like that. You have to listen to the album as a whole. That is how the artist intended you to hear it. Don't listen to the singles by itself, just listen to the album as a whole. You will not regret it. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is a classic that will never be forgotten by the hip hop community. *PARENTAL REVIEW NOW BEGINS*
This album is a hip hop album, so of course this will have loads of language in it, including many uses of the f word and n word. But Kendrick is a good role model, only if you don't listen to Backseat Freestyle, one of the catchiest songs on the album. However, in Backseat Freestyle, his character is performing for his homies to impress him. This is not who he is right now. This is expressing what he was when he was a teenager. Other than this, Kendrick is a good role model. There are also many Christian influences, which is always a good sign. I'm a Christian so I was very impressed with the prayers. They can pray better than me haha. (No disrespect towards other religions) Anyways, there is some gang violence in here, like shootouts. Kendrick gets beat up by two of Sherane's cousins. Also, the beat in the Sherane song is pretty haunting, and appears again in the end of Poetic Justice. This album is somewhat sexual. Kendrick is a normal horny teenager in the Sherane song, and he's imagining having s x with Sherane while on the way to her house. There are sexual lyrics scattered through the album, but nothing surprising coming from a hip hop album. Drinking is present in the single Swimming Pools (Drank). This song is not glorifying alcohol, but it leaves the decision to you if you wanna drink or not. I say 15 and up because they need to experience this album because it is such a masterpiece. Kendrick has hit a home run on this one.