|Song by Kendrick Lamar featuring MC Eiht from the album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City|
|Released||October 22, 2012|
|Genre||West Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap|
|Label||Top Dawg, Aftermath, Interscope|
|Writer||Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Mark Spears, Ricci Riera, Axel Morgan, Aaron Tyler, Quincy Hanley|
|Producer||Sounwave, THC, Terrace Martin (add.)|
|Good Kid, M.A.A.D City track listing|
"M.A.A.D City" (stylized "m.A.A.d city") is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar, from his major label debut studio album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012). The song, which appears as the eighth track on the album, features a guest appearance from fellow Compton native and West Coast rapper MC Eiht. The song was produced by Top Dawg in-house producers THC and Sounwave for the first part of the beat, and Terrace Martin for the second part. Following the album's release, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 94 due to high downloads.
In the song Lamar tells the story of his upbringing in corruption and its results. The song features MC Eiht of American gangsta rap group Compton's Most Wanted. The song also features additional background vocals from Lamar's Black Hippy cohort Schoolboy Q, doing his signature ad-lib during the refrain. He also explained "M.A.A.D" is an acronym for "My Angels on Angel Dust".
On "m.A.A.d city" Lamar talks about driving down Rosecrans in Compton, references smoking the cocaine-laced blunt that he smoked in "The Art Of Peer Pressure," and talks about being fired from his job for a robbery. Lamar also talks about how he saw his uncle being shot at a local burger stand. The song features the violent climatic change in the Good Kid M.A.A.D City story.
Critical reception for the song was extremely positive, praising the production and both rappers performances. XXL called "m.A.A.d city" the album's "creative and cinematic climax." David Amidon of PopMatters praised the songs production saying, it "feels like Dr. Dre's The Chronic had a love child with Chronic 2001. Andrew Nosnitsky of Spin described MC Eiht's appearance as show stealing. Complex named the song #25 on their list of the 50 best songs of 2012.
The week of the October 2012 release of Good Kid m.A.A.d city, "m.A.A.d City" debuted at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 due to high downloads. For unknown reasons, the track reentered the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending September 8, 2013, at number 98.
On March 31, 2013, Lamar closed the Good Kid m.A.A.d City portion of Black Hippy's set, at Paid Dues 2013 with "m.A.A.d city". During his Good Kid m.A.A.d City World tour on July 12, 2013, Lamar performed "m.A.A.d city" in Birmingham, England while backed by a live band. Lamar also performed "m.A.A.d city" and "Money Trees" along side Jay Rock, at the BET Experience concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. On September 17, 2013, Lamar performed "m.A.A.d city" on The Arsenio Hall Show, along with Schoolboy Q's single "Collard Greens".
|US Billboard Hot 100||94|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||24|
|US Rap Songs (Billboard)||18|
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