2012′s Best Albums
8. Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City
Carl says: In the Death Of Albums era, Kendrick Lamar put together such a cinematic and emotive narrative that it feels like some epic concept album compared to the rest of this year's offerings. It's even more impressive considering good kid, m.A.A.d city plays small-ball, operating in the deeply personal, hyper-specific world of K-Dot's Compton youth. But thanks to his power as a lyricist, the album resonates on a grand scale, ensnaring the listener so that by the time Lamar cries, "I'm tired of this shit...I'm tired of running," it hits you in the gut. When's the last time a (non-Pitbull) rap album made you sad?