These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Award Snub: Hoo boy. Despite receiving sevennote Best New Artist, Best Rap Song (as a featured artist on A$AP Rocky's "Fuckin' Problems), Best R&B Performance (as a featured artist on Miguel's "How Many Drinks?"), Best Rap Performance ("Swimming Pools (Drank)"), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Now or Never"), Best Rap Album and Album of the Year (both for good kid, m.A.A.d city) nominations at the 2014 Grammys, Lamar didn't win one. Worse still, four of those awards were lost to the same act—Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Macklemore himself contacted Kendrick via instagram, saying he didn't deserve the Best Rap Album grammy, and Kendrick should have won in his opinion.
Awesome Music: "Rigamortus", most, if not all of good kid, m.A.A.d city, his verses on Big Sean's "Control", Pusha T's "Nosetalgia" and Eminem's "Love Game".
Misaimed Fandom: "Swimming Pools (Drank)" is not a song advocating the events that it is frequently played at. It's a stark criticism of the drinking and partying lifestyle.
Much of good kid, m.A.A.d city's singles, especially "Backstreet Freestyle", have very sexualized and/or arrogant lyrics that are subverted later on in the album when K.Dot faces the harsh reality of the lifestyle he leads and learns faith and family is a better focus in "Sing of Me, I'm Dying of Thirst" and "Real". Those who haven't heard the whole album are doubtlessly going to miss the point of a young and ignorant K.Dot wanting to fuck the world with an Eiffel Tower sized dick for three days without the later subversion.
One Song Wonder: Jay Rock, the only member of Kendrick's Black Hippy group to show up on a main track in 'good kid, m.A.A.d city', delivers an absolutely amazing verse on "Money Trees".
Kendrick himself on pretty much every guest verse he did in 2013.
Special mention must go to his verse on Big Sean's "Control" - not only did he upstage Big Sean and Jay Electronica, his verse briefly sparked actual responses from other rappers both by names he mentioned who were going on the defensive and by ones he DIDN'T, irked that they supposedly didn't warrant mention.
Tear Jerker: 'Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst' and the skit before it. Damn. Also, read the entry below for The Woobie.
"The Art of Peer Pressure".
The Woobie: Kendrick in GKMC. He gets set up by Sherane, jumped by her cousins, and sees his friend die trying to get revenge for him over the same incident. And this was all a true story...
No wonder he says "Everybody gon' respect the shooter, but the one in front of the gun lives forever" in "Money Trees".
In-Universe, Keisha, the prostitute whose story he tells in "Keisha's Song" from Section.80.