Kendrick Lamar dropped his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city in 2012 — and it’s been on the Billboard 200 chart ever since. According to a tweet from Chart Data, the Pulitzer Prize-winning MC’s sophomore effort has spent 400 weeks on the chart, making it the longest charting Hip Hop album in its history.
Released through Top Dawg Entertainment and distributed by Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment, good kid, m.A.A.d city was recorded mostly in Los Angles and boasted production from Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams and Hit-Boy, among others.
Singles included “The Recipe,” “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Backseat Freestyle,” “Poetic Justice” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.”
The project debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and earned Kendrick four Grammy Award nominations at the 2014 Grammys, including Album of the Year. It was ultimately certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2018.
Over the last eight years, Kendrick has evolved into one of Hip Hop’s most celebrated MCs. His latest album DAMN. arrived in 2017 and he’s been working on a follow-up. But, thanks to the recent controversy between J. Cole and Chicago rapper Noname, his new project might not be out as soon as his fans had hoped.
As Twitter attempted to cancel both Cole and Kendrick for not being more vocal on social media about social injustices, TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson Jr. responded to a comment from a fan urging him to “tell Kendrick it’s time for the real to return.” He swiftly crushed any hope with, “Nah. Niggas don’t appreciate it.”
Despite the criticism Kendrick faced for not using his social media platforms, he’s been spotted on the frontlines at protests around Compton as recently as June 7.
Until King Kendrick returns, revisit good kid, m.A.A.d city below.