The Source previews good kid, m.A.A.d city – Collab with Q-Tip, Gaga, Dre, Just Blaze and more
Despite a rainy night and hurricane warnings for the greater tri-state area, Hip-Hop packed out the 37th street, Chung King Studios. Split into two separate listenings, Kendrick Lamar previewed less than a handful of tracks off his highly anticipated good kid, m.A.A.d city album, for an anxious crowd. Listeners were asked to put all recording devices and cell-phones away to avoid music being leaked. Addressing the crowd which faced him through a large paneled window, Kendrick explained to the New Yorkers that they were the first to witness the recordings before even his hometown. “New York first,” stated the Compton MC who seemed uneasy with the overcrowded studio.
On the first cut “Partynauseous,” which blared through the studio speakers, Digi+Phonicsown Sounwave handles the production. The track shows a more progressive sound from Kendrick’s 2011 (The Source Magazine’s Independent Album Of The Year) Section.80 release. Featuring none other than Lady Gaga whose voice is distorted (sounding like nothing she’s ever put out) to keep from moving away from the albums main objective. The second track produced by Hit-Boy featured a jazz undertone with a heavy base. A New York twist, but still Cali to the core. While it was a bit noisy in the studio the words, “Martin had a dream, Kendrick had a dream,” could be heard displaying the underlying message behind most of Kendrick’s music… his own life.
With TDE joining forces with Interscope, Dr. Dre‘s voices finds his way to the third track. Kendrick and Dre switch off on their verses twice over a strong Just Blaze produced track. He also refers to himself as, “KING Kendrick Lamar.”
Moving on quickly to a record which shows K.Dot’s studio time with Q-Tip coming to fruition. The legendary figure in Hip-Hop jumps behind the boards to produce one of the early standout tracks of the album. The sound was very much The Renaissance meets Section.80. On the final preview of the night, Kendrick teams up with Drake for a track which samples a classic from Janet Jackson’s, “Anytime, Anyplace.” So far m.A.A.d good.
Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city is set to drop October 22nd via TDE/Interscope/Aftermath.
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