While social media has allowed the “classic” label to get thrown around pretty loosely these days, five years following an album’s release is when fans can truly start to gauge its standing in historical terms. Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d City officially reached this turning point on Sunday (October 22), and ardent observers would be hard-pressed to deny its classic status.

K. Dot became a bonafide rap superstar with GKMC, creating some of the finest Hip Hop of the last decade. While there might be some outliers attempting to poke holes in its resume, most heads won’t dispute that Kendrick’s second studio album is a landmark project.

With GKMC’s five-year anniversary now in the rearview mirror, HipHopDX highlights some of Kendrick’s most memorable lines that helped his album become a classic.

Check out DX’s selections below and let us know what GKMC quotables you’ll never forget in the comments.

Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe

“Bitch, don’t kill my vibe! Bitch, don’t kill my vibe!”


“Depending on what you expecting, I’m sure it’s bigger than your religion perfected by niggas that manifested music to live in.”

good kid

“Step on my neck and get blood on your Nike checks, I don’t mind ’cause one day you’ll respect the good kid, m.A.A.d city.”

m.A.A.d. City

“If Pirus and Crips all got along, they’d probably gun me down by the end of this song.”

Backseat Freestyle

“I pray my dick get big as the Eiffel Tower, so I can fuck the world for 72 hours.”

Money Trees

“Everybody gon’ respect the shooter, but the one in front of the gun lives forever.”

Poetic Justice

“If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room would you trust it?”

Swimming Pools (Drank)

“First you get a swimming pool full of liquor, then you dive in it.”


“You’re living in a world that come with plan B ’cause plan A never relay a guarantee, and plan C never could say just what it was.”

The Art Of Peer Pressure

“That’s ironic ’cause I’ve never been violent until I’m with the homies.”

What are your favorite quotes from the album?