Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. Producer Cardo Reveals What He Originally Named His Beats

Plus, he tells us how and when he found out about the album.

Kendrick Lamar surprised fans late Thursday night when he dropped untitled unmastered., an eight-track album full of previously unreleased songs. And it turns out that even some of those involved in the project barely knew it was coming.

Cardo, who has produced for Jay Z, Drake, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and more, has two placements on the album: “untitled 2 | 06.23.14.” (produced with Yung Exclusive) and the first section of “untitled 07 | 2014-2016,” which is broken into three parts (with Yung Exclusive and Frank Dukes). But he didn’t even find out about the existence of the release — or his part in it — until last week. And it wasn’t until even later that he found out which of his beats made the cut.

The Dallas native has known K. Dot for years — they first met at a show in his hometown around 2010 — but we hadn’t actually heard their musical talents converge until untitled unmastered. (That is, unless you count when Kendrick playfully rapped over “Mesmerized,” a beat from Wiz Khalifa’s Kush & OJ which Cardo coincidentally created six years ago to the day, just hours before the birth of his daughter).

Below, the producer tells us what he had originally named the beats, how he heard he made the album, and what he told Kendrick when he found out.

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