By Shahkira Shahab, Courier Music Reviewer
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, a two CD set by Kendrick Lamar, takes a while to make its point clear.
As you listen to the music on this album, released early last month, it seems all foggy, but, as you keep your ears open, toward the end of it you understand that Kendrick is narrating about his present, past, and future life as a boy growing up in the ghettos of Compton.
The first track, “Sherane” talks about a girl he fell In love with; toward the end, there is a call that gets forwarded to an automated message, which symbolizes him getting jumped by Sherane’s two cousins.
The second track, “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” is about how he’s living it up now, how he’s enjoying himself and how he doesn’t want anyone to interfere with his joy.
“Backseat Freestyle” is a track different than the others on this album. He raps about his life now, bragging about how he loves the fast life which comes with fast women, money, cars, and money,
He also says that he'd shoot those who don't show him respect, and that he'd like to rape the entire world for three days with the gigantic male equipment he wishes he had.
“Poetic Justice,” featuring Drake, is more of a love song. Even though Drake and Kendrick are two quite different artists who you wouldn’t think would collaborate, they actually fit well together on the track.
The rest of the tracks such as “The Art Of Peer Pressure”, “Real”, “Compton”, and “Swimming Pool (Drank), are about how he bottles his emotions and runs to drugs as a solution to his stress. As he gets more in depth, as you’re listening, he talks about how he is a sinner, asking God for forgiveness, represents where he’s from, and expains how he isn’t himself when he’s with the “homeboys.”
With his homeboys, he's all about death, shooting to kill people, robbing houses, growing up hard, and how doing bad is easy.
HIs lyrics reveal that as he continues to sin he is scared for what the future holds, when he’ll die, and not knowing who will enter Hell. He also mentions education, how he looked up to people like Dr. Dre and Tupac.
Listening to the beginning of the album, I wasn’t feeling him at all but as I continued listening, I enjoyed and understood everything as he was telling his stories. This album, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, is a narrative to get us to understand who Kendrick Lamar is and who he became to be, which many may relate to.
This album gives you an actual feel of his struggle and how he is keeping it real on the track.