Rolling Stone

Good kid, m.A.A.d city



This Dr. Dre-endorsed landmark introduced the general public to the otherworld­ly talents of the young genius from Compton. Blessed with a distinctiv­ely highpitche­d vocal tone — he sounds like a Martian who spent his formative years somewhere on Rosecrans Avenue — Kendrick gave us a brilliant panoramic view of Black life in Los Angeles. The humid “m.A.A.d city,” with its wounded reminiscen­ces of routine violence, is like the auditory equivalent to a stress pillow: It’s an apt outlet for Kendrick’s righteous rage, making PTSD palatable for the mainstream. This is where Kendrick turned his hardscrabb­le journey into a high-charting yet uncompromi­sing work of art.

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