[Album Review] Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d. city

In every generation there comes along a leading figure, a future pioneer, a catalyst that helps push Hip-Hop to new heights. Rakim, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, 2pac, Biggie Smalls, OutKast, Nas, Jay-Z and 50 Cent are just a few that helped shape this great genre we all know and love. In my opinion, people like Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, T.I., J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar are the new “legends” that we’ll talking about some 15-20 years from now. The latter of those new rappers named is a young 25 year old kid from Compton, California. He made a name for himself as most artist these days on the mixtape scene. He released 2 highly acclaimed projects that solidified his name among the new rap elite. In fact, he made so much noise that long time west coast legend and hip-hop royalty Dr. Dre signed Kendrick to his Aftermath Records imprint. However, this did not change Kendrick’s work ethic or drive. Something about him is different, something about him screams eccentric; I hate to put so much pressure on such a young kid, but being that I’m from California, I can’t help but think he is the second coming of, dare I say it… . No, let’s not go that far, Kendrick is Kendrick and we don’t need comparisons. Many of us met him as a teenager when he went by the name K.Dot. Regardless of when you picked up on him, I’m sure the outcome was the same. His music spoke to you as a listener and made you feel a certain way. You got a sense that his music was in the truest, rawest form and it came from the heart. Now, before you listened to his highly anticipated major label debut, one can only wonder just how much Kendrick is willing to pour out. Is his soul going to be the soundtrack that is Kendrick Lamar’s life? He titled the album good kid m.A.A.d city; it is supposed to be a guide into the chaotic life he lived on the streets of Compton. I am sure it will be vivid and very explicit, however my question is, does he paint the same ole gang infested lifestyle or does he help us see a new perspective on this infamous m.A.A.d. city we have heard so much of.