Kendrick Lamar explains deeper meaning behind, "good kid, m.A.A.d city" cover art
With close to a month left until his first major studio release, the Compton MC decided to unveil the cover art for his album. During a recent interview with Fuse, Kendrick goes in-depth about the deeper meaning behind the cover depicting an image from his childhood about the life of a youngster being raised in Compton, engulfed in a negative world.
"Two of my uncles, that's two of them, to the far right, that's my grandpa and a baby bottle next to a 40-ounce next to a gang sign, holding a kid," Kendrick explains. "The eyes blanked out, that's for my own personal reasons. You'll probably hear about that in the album, but that photo it says so much about my life and about how I was raised in Compton and the things I've seen just through innocent eyes. You don't see nobody else's eyes, but you see my eyes of innocence and trying to figure out what is going on." Kendrick states that the album is about much more than just music, but yet the story about the youth in Compton and the lives they lead. The imagery Kendrick provides gives all his fans a personal insight into his surroundings and upbringing, carefully constructing one of the centerpiece themes of his album.
Kendrick furthermore explains the album as a self portrait, and pivotal in his growth as a person, "I feel I needed to make this album in order to move on with my life, and not have those negative vibes and demons haunting me......it's that real". K-dot goes on, "I'm glad I did, because it was a venting process to tell these stories I never told."
Since his arrival on the rap scene, Kendrick Lamar has always given his listeners a peek into the life of a Compton kid growing up during violent times, whilst trying to comprehend it all. Good kid, m.A.A.d city, appears to have the makings of another journey down Compton blvd, with a kid trying to find his place in the world while simultaneously battling the negative aspects of his environment.