good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar probably ensured that I was going to be a fan of rap music and is the album I think about most often in day to day life. It's truly a coming of age album lyrically, and it came out at a pivotal time in my own life (16-17 y/o) and I think helped me quite literally learn how to empathize in real time as I would listen to Kendrick's retelling of his own life and compare it to my sheltered, suburban, middle class experience. My own personal values developed in part due to this album as it made me go learn more about the type of life that Kendrick was describing. There's also a level of self-reflection in relationships that this album covers - songs like Real for example emphasis the importance of self-confidence and maturity. The song Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst is a masterpiece in my opinion and has only made me more reflective of life in general as I've gotten older.