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Kendrick Lamar explains artwork for good kid, m.A.A.d. City [News]

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Compton, CAKendrick Lamar released the artwork for his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. City which is slated for October 22nd. The cover art is actually an old polaroid that pictures 4 people – 3 men and a young boy sitting around a table with various items scattered on the table top. Everyone in the picture has their eyes blacked out except for the boy, and yes, that would be Kendrick. The other 3 people are his 2 uncles (to the left) and his grandfather (far right). If you look closely you’ll see the uncle holding Kendrick is showing a gang sign and on the table is a 40 ounce beside a baby bottle. Kendrick sat down with Fuse TV recently and shed light on the personal meaning behind the cover art. He explained that the album is more than just music to him, it’s a story about the youth and the people that they call delinquents in his city. Watch the video after the jump to hear more.

In regards to the content of the album, no track listing has been released as of yet, but so far there have been two listening sessions and┬áComplex magazine stated that the album “plays like a proper follow up to his excellent Section.80.”. As well, we do know for certain there are a few major collaborations on the album. During K. Dot’s most recent visit to Toronto on September 19th, Drake hit the stage and told the crowd that him and Kendrick have a song on the album titled “Poetic Justice.” Also, Lady Gaga announced on Twitter in August that a record she was working on became a collaboration with Kendrick for his album called “Party Nauseous”. Looks like it’s going to be an interesting project!

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Natasha was born and raised in Toronto. She graduated from York University almost 2 years ago and since then has co-founded a youth led, social enterprise called The Next Edition which uses media and art to engage youth with their community. For the past year and a half she has been working with young aspiring artists who are looking for a way to showcase their skills and have their voice heard. With juggling weekly meetings, managing a website, and planning events for hundreds of people Natasha takes refuge in urban music. Researching and knowing the latest headlines, and newest tracks in the hip-hop world is something that she loves. But more importantly for her hip-hop is a lot more than just a genre of music, it is a culture and it has shaped who she is today. Finding a way to combine her passion for music, the knowledge she has gained from working with young people and the issues she has seen in the community is a goal Natasha would like to achieve in the near future. Recently, Natasha has taken on PR work for rappers and DJs.

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