Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, MAAD City 2LP
Released by Aftermath, info from the label: Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is the highly acclaimed major label debut from rising rapper Kendrick Lamar, crowned the "new King of the West Coast" by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records release features the T-Minus produced single "Swimming Pools (Drank)," plus "Money Tree" (feat. Jay Rock), "Poetic Justice" (feat. Drake), "m.A.A.d city" (feat. MC Eiht), "Real" (feat. Anna Wise) and "Compton" (feat. Dr. Dre).
Lamar’s indie-issued Section.80 ranked as one of the top digital hip-hop albums of 2011. Despite not having a physical release, Section.80 cracked Billboard’s R&B/Hip-hop Top 25, Rap Top 15 and Top 200 Albums charts. The Compton, CA native has since been racking up the praise. Lamar drew the attention of Dr. Dre with his 2010 mixtape O(verly) D(edicated) and then performed alongside Dre and Snoop as they co-headlined the 2012 Coachella Music & Arts Festival.