Lamar, Kendrick - Good Kid: M.A.A.D City 2LP

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  • NOW THAT OUTKAST IS DONE, WE HAVE TO LOOK TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION THAT SPEAKS THE TRUTH. Leading the pack of said younger generation is young Kendrick Lamar from Compton. Gaining loads of attention for last year's Section 80, Kendrick was surely onto something. His major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D. Citytakes cues from the Southern Rap takeover of the early 2000's but offers so much more with amazing story telling that rivals the best. Album highlights include the Beach House-sample-based "Money Trees" that brings the soul back to ala Outkast's "Elevators". "M.A.A.D. City" will appeal to the trap fans with a bouncy trunk rattling beat. "Real" featuring Anna from Sonnymoon gives a soulful mid-tempo track that recalls Erykah Badu at her best. Kendrick bridges the gap between the "young kids listening to their Weezy" and the old heads that think Hip Hop died when Rawkus went bankrupt the first time. Recommended.