7 Ways Kendrick Lamar's "good Kid, m.A.A.d. City" Has Changed the Rap Game In the Year Since It Came Out Image via Hulton Archive/Getty

It established a crowning achievement for the West Coast's new class.

The West Coast has gone through something of a resurgence in the past few years. Between the club sound of producers like DJ Mustard (Tyga's "Rack City") and Iamsu! to the lyrical prowess of Kendrick's TDE crew, from the laconic beachfront raps of Dom Kennedy to G rappers like YG and Nipsey Hussle, from the oddball Odd Future clique to the lecherous rap&b of Ty Dolla $ign and the manic personality of Roach Gigz, the Left Coast has experienced a lowkey renaissance. But it was good Kid, m.A.A.d. City that, more than any other record, qualifies as the movement's crowning moment. 

Other artists have released great records. A gang of new talent has emerged. But Kendrick managed to make a record that was not only shaped by his hometown, but helped draw attention to its diversity and range. 

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