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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar
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In 2012, few things were as universal as the critical adulation for Kendrick Lamar's debut album. good kid, m.A.A.d City traces a day in the life of a young, Compton-bred Lamar: the MC is torn between the roles of conflicted bystander and active participant in his neighborhood's endless swirl of violence. It also established the Dr. Dre protégé as one of hip-hop's premier voices. Just don't expect a new solo LP from him anytime soon. "If I don't put anything else out, I'm happy," he told Rolling Stone in January. "I have my life story, written."

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