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Year’s Best: Okayplayer’s Top 12 LPs Of 2012

Year’s Best: Okayplayer’s Top 12 LPs Of 2012

Okayplayer top 12 albums of 2012

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (LP art)

6. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. City
good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar‘s major label debut, garnered numerous accolades and best-of picks and almost as many comparisons to NasIllmatic (perhaps the last time a rapper took the music world so totally by storm right from go). Sonically, this comparison makes almost no sense. Kendrick’s wordplay doesn’t really touch the pure ghetto poetry of young Nasir–nor does he particularly try to. Beat-wise Illmatic was remarkable for the coherence achieved by its all-star cast of true school producers. Whereas good kid reflects, quiet as kept, perhaps the most diverse and innovative use of samples–from chopped Janet Jackson on “Poetic Justice” to screwed nuyorican house on “Backseat Freestyle” to indie dreampop outfit Beachhouse on “Money Trees” (below)–that rap has ever seen (ya bish). But on a deeper level, there is a very strong spiritual connection between the two albums. If Illmatic perfectly captured the project’s-eye view of a young black male in Queensbridge ca. 1994, Kendrick’s genius lies in focusing his own anger and self-doubt, his frenetic flow and most of all his ever-present chorus of stuttery cartoon voices and ghost-children to channel with eerie perfection the mindstate of the eponymous good kid lost in the gangland geography of L.A.

>>>Purchase good kid m.A.A.d city on iTunes

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