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Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

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good kid, m.A.A.d city is the second studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The album serves as Lamar's major label debut, after his signing to Aftermath and Interscope in early 2012. Billed as "a short film by Kendrick Lamar" on the album cover, the concept album follows the story of Lamar's teenage experiences in the drug-infested streets and gang lifestyle of his native California, Compton. The album is pieced together by several skits that deal with Lamar's experiences over the course of a day, presented in a non-chronological order with the story beginning with Lamar taking his parents' van on the album closer "Compton".

Upon its release, good kid, m.A.A.d city received rave reviews from music critics, who praised its thematic scope and Lamar's lyrics. It earned Lamar four Grammy Award nominations at the 56th Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 242,000 copies in its first week - earning the highest first-week hip hop album sales of 2012 from a male artist, along with the best-selling debut from a male artist of the year. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA and has sold 1,226,000 copies as of March 2014.