“Compton”, featuring Dr. Dre and produced by Just Blaze, is the latest single from Kendrick Lamar’s forthcoming major label debut, good Kid, m.A.A.d city. If you’re just being put on to K. Dot, prepare to be 100% pleased.
“Compton” starts off with a Blaxploitation-flavored soul loop and some patently West Coast blunted beatwork. For his first verse, Kendrick is in Stones Throw mode, a braggart in a backpack with a gift for wordplay. By the end, he’s pinching his throat and trimming his bars to sound like Eminem. Dre dances all over the Just Blaze-produced track, and drops a clutch shout-out to his late colleagues: “2Pac and Left Eye, Eazy and Aaliyah / When I see you we gonna test drive a Lambo in heaven.” Meanwhile, the sung vocals vacillate between Nate Dogg cool and D’Angelo hot, closing with a heavily Vocoder’d nod to Roger Troutman.
Kendrick Lamar feat. Dr. Dre – Compton (prod. by Just Blaze)
“good kid, m.A.A.d city” is available October 22nd, 2012!