By Rob Markman
Kendrick Lamar has already confirmed that he’ll appear on Dr. Dre’s upcoming Detox album but in the meantime the Compton rapper had another Dre collaboration in the bag that he shared with fans this week. During a Monday (April 2) appearance on L.A.’s Power 106 morning show Big Boy’s Neighborhood, he premiered a new single “The Recipe” with a feature from the good doctor.
Before playing the record for the first time, Kendrick and Dre explained to Big Boy the meaning behind the breezy tune. ” ’The Recipe,’ it’s one of those things that everyone in the world can relate to,” Kendrick said.
Dre called in to the studio to reveal what the three key ingredients to his and Kendrick’s recipe are: “The original title was ’Women, Weed and Weather.’ That’s what represents L.A.”
“That’s the three things you need in life; that’s the recipe you need in life,” Kendrick added.
At the start of the Scoop DeVille-produced track, there’s a sound-fill of a plane landing, presumably in Kendrick’s native L.A. The beat drops immediately after. The simple kick/snare drum pattern sits perfectly underneath a light and airy vocal sample, creating a fitting sound bed for Dre and the Section.80 rapper to ride on.
Dre sets things off spitting, “Every morning when I wake up (uh)/ Money on my mind, go time to get caked up (uh)/ Sunshine coming through my blinds, I’m living but/ Really though, it’s never enough, $10 billion, that’s a must.”
The Good Doctor has spent the bulk of his historic rap career developing a unique gangster/funk sound, which has defined California hip-hop for over two decades, but on “The Recipe” he adjusts to match Kendrick’s laid back vibe. Their commonality, however, is the love both share for their city.
With his verse, Kendrick plays tour guide to a visiting friend who came out west for a little relaxation. “Women, weed and weather, it ain’t my fault/ That it’s 82 degrees and my top peeled off,” he rhymes while he pictures himself rolling in a convertible.
Just last month it was announced that Interscope and Dre’s Aftermath label inked a joint distribution deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, the independent record company which Kendrick Lamar has been signed to for some years now. Under the terms of the deal TDE, Interscope and Aftermath will release K. Dot’s upcoming Good Kid in a Mad City as well as releases from his group Black Hippy, which consists of Kendrick, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.
Last June, Kendrick sat with MTV News and talked about his relationship with the legendary Dr. Dre. At the time, Lamar hoped that his first collaboration with the iconic beat maker would appear on Dre’s continually delayed Detox. Instead, it has come in the form of Kendrick’s own single.
“As far as the music, we got a chemistry that’s unmatched to me. Alongside with the music, we just talk about stuff, just talk about life in general,” Lamar told MTV News. “I think that’s why we clash together so perfect, because he sees a good kid in a mad city the same way he grew up. So we can talk about certain situations that he never talked about. I think right there alone, it’s a blessing to me — for a personal relationship with him, not just the music.”