Why Dr. Dre Rushed Kendrick Lamar's "Classic" Debut

November 1, 2012 By:
Why Dr. Dre Rushed Kendrick Lamar's

Kendrick Lamar has already made a “Swimming Pools (Drank)” splash on the Billboard charts this past week.

The 25-year-old’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, debuted in the number two spot on the Billboard’s Top 200 Albums list and sure, he may have fell far behind Taylor Swift’s Red—who had a million-plus album sales week, her second in a row—but for someone without nearly the same dollars in his camp’s bank account budgeted towards promoting him (Kendrick didn’t get an exclusive “Good Morning America” countdown to his album release), this is the definition of a success.

The album sold 241,000 units, which put him on the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Albums charts with 2.8 million streams on Spotify—and we were definitely one of them because the album is a solid and well-rounded disc.

Cool story: Kendrick, clearly a perfectionist, actually thought he had to work on it more before putting it out this year, but it was at the urgency of Dr. Dre who decided to put it out as it was.

“When I brought it back to him, [Dr. Dre] said, ‘You know what, you're done,'" Kendrick told the Huffington Post. "'This is a classic for your generation and time, and we're going to put this out now.’”

good kid, m.A.A.d city is receiving rave praise left and right for its lyrical honesty and ability to paint a stark portrait that draws upon the trappings and reality of his personal life growing up in Compton. My initial goal is to make an album the same way Tupac [Shakur] did, the same way Jay-Z did, the same way Big [Notorious B.I.G.] did,” he added. “I'm taking it back to the essence of that." Only time will tell, though it sounds like he’s on his way to achieving that.