A rising tide lifts all boats, and rise, good Kid, m.A.A.d. City did.
The success of Kendrick Lamar as an unlikely mainstream hero suggested that even mystical weirdos like Ab-Soul, or gangster eccentrics like Schoolboy Q, might have a shot at—at the very least—substantial national popularity, if not outright stardom themselves. Each member of TDE has a unique approach. Ironically, Jay Rock—whose gangster rap style would have made him the most likely star in the group a decade earlier—has perhaps the lowest profile in the crew. But with his scene-stealing verse on "Money Trees," Jay Rock muscled his way back into the spotlight, too. good Kid, m.A.A.d. City grabbed a spotlight not just for the group's introverted intellectual, but his extended musical family as well.