Our soul sister, Chuch, hits us one mo' 'gain with another album review. This time she took a little time off from traveling the astral plane to meditate on one of the year's most anticipated Hip-Hop albums, Kendrick Lamar's: good kid, m.A.A.d city. Peep game...
This is the second time i write my thoughts about Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" i deleted the first one because I realized i had reviewed this album with bias. i was pleasing the audience. You know, saying what i'm supposed to say about the praised kendrick lamar. but then i remembered what a legitimate review was; the humane thought of the individual, un-biased and un-bought, it's an honest appreciation for the art of the music, not necessarily any value in liking or disliking.
When listening to "good kid, ma.a.d city", i understood the beautiful composition of the album, but that alone wasn't listening, that was just me using my sense of hearing. and then i realized that Kendrick Lamar wasn't even rapping, he was just talking with style. Poetry, you know? Kendrick lamar spit his personal journal of thoughts. And with that it was obvious that he wasn't trying to satisfy a mainstream public, instead he made this music to his liking, with his message. and not by any generic or gimmicky "rap" standards either! he was a true music artist creating his art.
i appreciate the monologue-like verses of "Back Seat Freestyle", the revealing unspoken words of "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe", the parallel flow relationship between words and sounds in "poetic justice", and then there's the conscious poetry on an obvious "trap beat" on the actual "good kid, maad city" title track. it was an awesome collage of songs, an ode to honesty, the album was an incredible story told in diverse methods of expression. Art!It was nice to listen to his taste in music via the samples/beat selection. i respect the work, i respect the album. i was sonically satisfied. Maybe it doesn't fit my current musical phase, but it was indeed as good as most people proclaim it to be.Remember kids, never underestimate the power of honesty!
Stream Kendrick's freshman debut here.
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