On December 17th, Pierce Codina – drummer for Tin Tin Can (full disclosure: I play bass and sing in the same band) – posted this statement on Facebook:
Anyway, in my continuing goal of appeasing/annoying him, I have compiled a list of the 10 Best Albums of 2012, and every day for the next ten days I’ll be counting down to the best record of the year.
This ain’t no magazoin.
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
This record is pretty epic and near-perfect. It uses a magnifying glass on themes of violence, power, and money and, instead of glorifying them, lets the listener know how terrible they can be. Perhapse Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City‘s strongest theme is family: the need for it, and the emptiness one can feel without out. As his father says, in the song “Real”, “Any nigga can kill a man. That don’t make you real. Real is responsibility. Real is taking care of your motherfucking family.”