The album tells the story of Kendrick Lamar. We go through his life and how he has ended up how he is today through the experiences of his youth and the environment in which he has grown up in. Each song in the album is linked through numerous skits, something which is extremely effective as it gives the listener a deeper vision and meaning to each song, whilst allowing us to follow the story.
‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ talks about Kendrick growing up in a rough and poor area of Compton in the USA. He raps about how he was influenced by this environment and his friends to commit crime, take drugs and drink excessive amounts of alcohol. The song ‘The Art Of Peer Pressure’ talks directly about these problems and how he would be pressured into doing things. A quote from the song ‘usually I’m drug-free, but shit I’m with the homies’ summing this up.