Kendrick Lamar sure knows a colorful cast of characters and each plays a role on his gold-selling debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. There's the homeys O-Boog and Lucky and of course Sherane, the temptress-turned-antagonist in K-Dot's coming-of-age story.
So how do the Compton MC's real-life friends feel about their lyrical depictions? Well, Sherane (not her real name), for one, loves it.
"It's funny because it's a weird thing when I go back to the neighborhood and the homeys know who I'm talking about. It be a big joke, and I've been hearing things that she's more excited and surprised that I put her in the song more than anything," Kendrick told MTV News on Saturday in New York. "That's the funny part about it. It's all love though. I ain't got no ill will."
good kid begins with "Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter's Daughter," an introductory story track where K-Dot meets his teenage crush. Throughout the course of the cinematically driven, critically acclaimed LP, Sherane is repeatedly referenced and is a central part to the story. While on his way to meet her in her neighborhood, Lamar is attacked by gang members, which then leads to a shootout and the death of one of his friends.
Kendrick has confirmed that he is working on a visual component to good kid, m.A.A.d city and though that's still being worked out creatively, he did give fans a small taste with his "Backseat Freestyle" by including his dad in the clip. " 'Backseat Freestyle,' was really just its own entity. It was just me having fun, putting those skits in there, puttin' my pops in there," he said of the video he dropped at the top of the year.
Then there is the scene where a half-naked Sherane shakes her rump for the camera as Kendrick stands beside her. Well, the model in the video isn't Kendrick's childhood crush, but they bare a strong resemblance, he says. "Nah, that wasn't the real Sherane," he confirmed while laughing. "But it was a great, great imaginary — clone of Sherane for sure."
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