The most intriguing figure in hip hop since Tupac Shakur had a great 12 months. Kendrick Lamar’s debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city put the entire rap game on pause. The release was filled with message driven, insightful and anecdotal rhymes, like the hit single, “Swimming Pools.” Plus, the rap rookie's biting 'King of New York' guest verse on Big Sean's single "Control" managed to shake up the game. In that moment, the Compton native's lyrics singlehandedly brought back boasting rites in hip hop.
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