Kendrick Lamar’s “good boy, m.A.A.d city” breaks record 12 years after debut

Kendrick Lamar’s “good boy, m.A.A.d city” breaks record 12 years after debut

Kendrick Lamar’s record-breaking album “good boy, m.A.A.d city” just hit another milestone.

Billboard reported on Monday April 29 that the album, which marked Lamar’s major label debut in October 2012, has remained on the Billboard 200 chart for 600 consecutive weeks.

This achievement makes “good boy, m.A.A.d city” the first hip-hop studio album to ever reach this level. It cemented its position as the longest-running hip-hop album on the chart that isn’t a greatest hits compilation, surpassing the likes of Drake’s “Take Care,” J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” and Kanye West’s “Graduation.”

While Kendrick Lamar’s “good boy, m.A.A.d city” holds the record for longest-charting non-compilation hip-hop album, the all-time champion remains Eminem’s “Curtain Call: The Hits,” a greatest hits collection that spent more than 681 weeks on the Billboard Advertisement 200.

However, the undisputed winner of chart longevity is Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” which passed a staggering 1,000 weeks on the chart in September 2023.

“Good son, m.A.A.d city” previously topped Eminem’s studio album “The Eminem Show” in 2019, earning high praise from the rapper himself.

“The album is designed from front to back, the way every song ties into each other — to me that’s genius,” Eminem told The New York Times in 2014.

“There’s a certain hunger you can feel about Kendrick. He’s rapping to be the best rapper in the world…. He’s going to be around for a long time.”

The album, known for its hits like “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” and “Backseat Freestyle,” made a strong debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, with sales of 242,000 copies in its first week.

It received several nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards, but controversially lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist in the Best Rap Album category, causing Macklemore to later apologize to Kendrick Lamar for winning it.

On the 10th anniversary of good boy, m.A.A.d city, TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson revealed that Kendrick was still making adjustments to the album even at the last minute. He shared on social media that just hours before the project’s deadline, Lamar added the famous hook on “m.A.A.d city.”

About the album, the executive wrote, “We all put everything into it. GKMC was the beginning. We made our mark in Hip Hop and music in general with that album. I’m forever grateful to have played a part in it.”

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