When ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city’ first hit shelves, mainstream music listeners didn’t know what to expect because Kendrick Lamar was — for the most part — still known as an underground artist (His first album ‘Section.80′ was released independently through iTunes).
But sometimes underground artists have some of the most dedicated followings. Because of this, Lamar’s album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It sold 242,000 copies its first week.
Kendrick’s album also racked up 2.8 million streams on Spotify, which ended up being the second-highest first week stream for 2012.
The good kid was on top of the world.