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 FilmMagic/Getty

Along with the releases of albums by Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, it made TDE the new hot label.

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.

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