“Good Kid, M.A.D.D. City”
Kendrick Lamar was 16 when he launched his first mixtape in 2004. He rapped under the name K-Dot from 2003-2009. He wrote and rapped about what he knew best…the streets of the city he was raised in….Compton, California.
Like several of the Compton rap legends that came before him, he gave a clear and honest account of what was currently happening in Compton. He released 3 mixtapes as K-Dot and then decided to rap under his birth name of Kendrick Lamar. Using his real name was a bold statement since historically most rappers use nicknames or their “street name” from where they grew up. In 2009, with his fourth mixtape, Kendrick Lamar was somewhat reborn, using his birth name. He was also becoming one of the hottest mixtape rappers in the game.
His mixtapes garnered huge local success and soon he gained popularity in other areas.
One day while watching YouTube the NWA Rap-Star and iconic Producer, Dr. Dre came across a song by some guy named Kendrick Lamar.
The song was “Ignorance is Bliss” and it was enough to have Dre reach out to Kendrick to invite him to appear on his long-awaited and now infamous “Detox” album. Detox was supposed to be Dre’s EPIC follow-up to his 1999 classic album, “The Chronic”.
Dre had a series of major distractions that kept delaying the completion of the most FAMOUS album “never” made, DETOX!
His distractions turned out to be hugely profitable since they involved other projects that were tied to Eminem, 50 Cent and a host of other big artists.
But due to the Detox project, Kendrick and Dr Dre were now connected. Dre fully understood the potential of Kendrick and it was not long until they began working together, on what would be Kendricks major label debut,
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”. His powerful debut album was released through “Top Dawg Entertainment”, Dre’s label “Aftermath Entertainment” and “Interscope Records”.
Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, contained production by several notable producers such as Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, Scoop DeVille, and of course the most sought-after producer in hip hop, Dr Dre. Featured guests on the album were Drake, Jay Z, Jay Rock, MC Eiht and Dr Dre was also featured on the stand-out track, Compton.
This is the album that transitioned Kendrick from local rap status to a legit RAP-STAR. “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” was deemed by many including myself as an instant masterpiece.
This unique release was in a league of its own. Kendrick Lamar is now Compton’s ultimate storyteller.
I could go on and on about the nominations and awards this album and other releases by Kendrick Lamar has racked up. KENDRICK LAMAR IS ONE OF THE MOST DECORATED RAPPERS OF ALL-TIME. He has had 399 nominations and 160 wins to include 13 Grammy Awards.
AND….Kendrick is the ONLY non-classical or jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
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