Makes sense that Kendrick Lamar would sample Janet Jackson on his critically acclaimed debut. During his formative years in the 1990s, Janet’s reign and influence were inescapable, so as the Compton MC readies his next good kid, m.A.A.d city single, the Drake-assisted “Poetic Justice” seems like a no-brainer.
The track borrows its title from Janet’s 1993 film and lifts a vocal sampling from her hit record “Any Time, Any Place” from the same year. For the song’s video, K-Dot figures that once he and Drizzy work out their schedules, getting the OVO MC on set will be no problem, but if Kendrick has his way he’ll also have a cameo for Ms. Jackson as well. “That’ll be a blessing,” he told MTV News on Friday just moments before he took the stage to headline at Power 106’s annual Cali Christmas concert.
Lamar even went as far to make a personal pitch to the icon, hoping to eliminate the difficult process that often comes with working with a star of Jackson’s stature. “Janet, c’mon, Janet. No paperwork with the managers, contact the managers. This is artist to artist,” he pleaded. “This is a young boy that looked up to you for years. Please, yeah, video, Janet Jackson ’Poetic Justice.’ It’ll only be right.”
That’s not the only visual element Kendrick has planned. Part of good kid’s appeal are the cinematic skits that piece the album’s music together, so to play off of the album’s strengths the TDE crew are working on a film that will complement the LP as well. “We actually started the visuals for this whole project,” he said. “I called it a short film before I even started the actual foundation of the music.”
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