It's time to visit the third release nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards: good kid, m.A.A.d city by up-and-coming rap prodigy Kendrick Lamar. We've already covered Sara Bareilles' The Blessed Unrest and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, so now we're taking a look at Lamar's 2012 concept album that chronicles his life as a teenager on the streets of Compton.
good kid, m.A.A.d city is definitely a solid contender for AOTY, spawning hits like "Swimming Pools (Drank)", which has Lamar waxing in the chorus Why you babysittin' only 2 or 3 shots? / I'mma show you how to turn it up a notch / First you get a swimming pool full of liquor, then you dive in it, telling the narrative of how his family and friends would pressure everyone around them to drink excessively. Even right off the bat, with this refreshingly honest single, Lamar's record isn't your typical run-of-the-mill hip-hop album, boasting about extravagances and the like.
Of course, Lamar knows how to put out a banger as well as an honest hip-hop lament, with his single "B**** Don't Kill My Vibe" becoming a trademark saying of society when somebody gets on their nerves. When it comes down to it, Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city is a high contender for Album Of The Year, simply because his lyrical play and album influence both hold major credibility. Watch the music video for "B**** Don't Kill My Vibe" off VEVO below:
For more info on the nominees, Radio.com's experts will take you through each nominee one-by-one in their Inside Album Of The Year feature below: