Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city (GKMC) is widely recognised as a modern-day classic. Dr. Dre’s lead as an executive producer combined with K. Dot’s lyrical ability, storytelling, creativity and commercial ear while keeping an overall theme makes the album a masterful body of work. The 56th Grammy Awards recognised the album’s quality with Kendrick earning five Grammy Award nominations, Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance with Swimming Pools (Drank), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Now or Never (feat. Mary J. Blige), Best Rap Album and Album of the Year.
Whether you are familiar with Kendrick Lamar’s music prior to the release of good kid, m.A.A.d city, the album is an insight into his real-life experiences in his home city Compton, California. The m.A.A.d in the album’s title is an acronym for My.Angry.Adolescence.Divide. and My.Angels(on).Angel.Dust., the latter being mentioned at the end of the song m.A.A.d city featuring MC Eiht. The album’s 12 songs are separated with voice acting skits featuring his real-life family and friends. This adds an extra sense of authenticity to the tape. Real featuring Anna Wise is a humble end to the project, symbolising somewhat closure to the themes throughout.
Below is the official good kid, m.A.A.d city short film. Though it has never been released officially, the internet is once again undefeated. The documentary includes footage of Kendrick as a youth with his gang-affiliated family members, giving you a clear insight into the environment he was raised in growing up.