Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ goes gold | Music News

Only a few months after his major label debut dropped, Kendrick Lamar‘s Compton epic good kid, m.A.A.d city earns a gold plaque, selling 500,000 copies.

The album, released on Interscope through Aftermath Records and the TDE imprint, was certified gold by the RIAA after hitting the 500,000 mark on December 13th, in what is truly an incredible showing for a debut LP.

Of course, just under half of this total was sold in the first week. Not only did Kendrick enjoy glowing reviews from the off; good kid, m.A.A.d city had the best opening week of any hip hop album released this year, hitting the No.2 spot on the US Billboard Chart with 242,000 copies sold by October 28th after an October 22nd release. It sold by the bucket-load in the UK too- entering the charts at No.16, despite minimal promotion this side of the Atlantic.

So who said rap music needs to be dumbed down to sell?

Read our review of good kid, m.A.A.d city and pick up your own copy (if you haven’t already done so) via iTunes.