In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!
This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!
Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!
In this post we’re going to be talking about Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid M.A.A.D City!
As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!
This isn’t an album I have in my collection and to be perfectly honest it wasn’t one that I had listened to until I sat down to write this post and I don’t really think I’ll be listening to it again.
Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper from Compton, California. Good Kid M.A.A.D City is his first major label album.
I really like how this album is telling a story, according to the book it’s his own life story about how he was always trying “to be good whilst friends and circumstances keep pushing the other way”.
I could be interpreting the album wrong but it doesn’t seem in anyway to be bragging about rags to riches or in any way glamourizing violence of any kind, drugs or even really alcohol.
I completely agree with what the book says when it says “Rather than being the bragger with the bullets, Kendrick does the most taboo of things in a terrified culture admit fear.” You can definitely sense the fear and the album gives you a real sense of what it must have been like to grow up as he did.
This is the album track list:
Track One: Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter
Track Two: Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
Track Three: Backseat Freestyle
Track Four: The Art of Peer Pressure
Track Five: Money Trees
Track Six: Poetic Justice
Track Eight: M.A.A.D City
Track Nine: Swimming Pools (Drank)
Track Ten: Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst
Track Eleven: Real
Track Twelve: Compton
The only thing left for me to say now is whether or not I think this album belongs on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and my answer is yes.
Although it’s probably not something I will listen to again, I can appreciate the story told within this album and the fact that it is so refreshingly different from pretty much every rap album I’ve ever listened to and for that reason, the fact that it is so different I think it definitely deserves its place on this list!
That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.
Those aren’t affiliate links; I just want to make sure you guys know where to buy the book if you want to read along too!
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