Concluding a year’s worth of records is a funny old affair.
The first thing to bear in mind is that it is entirely subjective and always offers the possibility of falling out horribly, which luckily we did not this year. All of the staff voted on a long list of releases (some three hundred and sixty plus titles) that we marked as one of three things; “A good record, warrants repeat plays”, “A great record, So good that I purchased it” and finally “Essential, love it”. We allocated each of the releases points based on the voting and also took into account how well things had sold (as you are all part of this) and also how often things had been played over the stereo. This miraculously resulted in a spreadsheet with ticks, points and x’s that concluded a list of 100 releases with only one problem... there was a dead heat in first position. After one final conference, where we discussed the virtues of both albums, one was crowned as ‘The Drift Record Shop 2012 Album of the Year’.
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Every so often an artist comes along who changes the musical landscape, an artist who brings something different to the game... step forward Kendrick Lamar. Hailed as the new face of West Coast rap, the 24 yr-old Compton-native has already been making his mark on the music scene. With the weight and backing of Dr Dre (the two recently had a joint xxl cover), Kendrick is ready to release his highly-anticipated major label album 'Good kid, m.A.A.d city' through Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath Entertainment / Interscope Records.
Featuring the introspective woozy lead single 'Swimming pools (drank)', produced by T-Minus and mixed by Ali.
"Lamar grew up in Compton, and ghosts of West Coast gangsta-rap haunt this album's edges, casting shadows on Kendrick's complicated relationship with his hometown. When "The Art of Peer Pressure" brings Kendrick and his friends to Rosecrans Ave., the music downshifts into menacing G-funk mode as a salute to hallowed ground. Ice Cube's "Bird in the Hand" is invoked to set up "m.A.A.d city" ("Fresh of out school, 'cause I was a high-school grad..."), which appropriately marks the moment when real violence erupts.Here, Kendrick sounds like a terrified kid: "I made a promise to see you bleeding," he raps, his voice pitched at a pleading, near-hysterical sob. In response, the voice of Compton's Most Wanted rapper MC Eiht leers, "Wake yo' punk ass up," like a father figure of the Darth Vader variety." - Pitchfork - 9.5
1. Sherane A.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter 2. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe 3. Backseat Freestyle 4. The Art Of Peer Pressure 5. Money Trees - Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock 6. Poetic Justice - Kendrick Lamar, Drake 7. Good Kid 8. M.A.A.d City - Kendrick Lamar, MC Eiht 9. Swimming Pools (Drank) 10. Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst 11. Real - Kendrick Lamar, Anna Wise 12. Compton - Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre 13. The Recipe - (Bnus Track) 14. Black Boy Fly (Bonus Track) 15. Now Or Never - Featuring Mary J. Blige (Bonus Track)