Kendrick Lamar‘s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, don already become a hip-hop classic by many critics, but before the album go on to sell over a million copies, the record go through multiple revisions.
In an interview with Billboard, Lamar talk say the album undergo several changes before becoming the record wey e be today. “We did good kid about three, four times before the world got to it,” he said. “New songs, new everything. I wanted to tell that story, but I had to execute it. My whole thing is about execution. The songs can be great, the hooks can be great, but if it’s not executed well, then it’s not a great album.”
Kendrick’s need for execution also lead to the song “DUCKWORTH.” from DAMN. having to be re-worked. “I didn’t approach it right the first two times,” the rapper said. “And I knew these were my three favorite [9th Wonder] beats. I just wrote, wrote, wrote until the idea finally came.”