The Rundown: Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. city
"Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter's Daughter"
Kendrick Lamar opens the album with the juxtaposition of good and evil, a theme that runs throughout. Here, in a look forward at the album narrative to follow, he's just a in-puppy-love Compton teenager trying to get some—until reality interrupts, in the form of two guys in black hoodies. The tinkling pianos and phasing snare drums, a blend of early-2000s Dr. Dre G-funk and Drake's drowsy, 40-helmed beats, are a good mission statement for the album's lush, expertly crafted production.