The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

36. Kendrick Lamar "The Art of Peer Pressure" (2012)

Album: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Producer: Tabu
Label: Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope

Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city was a concept album about a, yes, good kid getting sucked into the alluring world of gang violence may or may not lead to his own downfall. "The Art of Peer Pressure" is the moment on the record where things first go sideways: Kendrick and some friends are on a night drive smoking weed (that turns out to be laced with PCP), and somebody gets the bright idea to pull a home invasion job on a house they'd been scouting for a while. Unfortunately, the inhabitants are home, and quickly call the cops, which leads to a chase that Kendrick and his boys magically manage to escape. A case of dumb luck that doesn't stick as the album unfolds and calamity comes calling.

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