Kendrick Lamar’s ‘HUMBLE.’ is the number one hit in the land.
The Mike Will Made It produced track is a stark departure from the jazzy live instrumentation Kendrick used on his last album To Pimp A Butterfly.
In fact, it was initially meant for an entirely different type of rapper.
“I made that beat when Gucci Mane was getting out of jail; I made it with him in mind. I was just thinking, damn, Gucci’s about to come home; it’s got to be something urgent that’s just going to take over the radio. And I felt like that beat was that. I ended up not doing it with Gucci and I let Kendrick hear it. I was thinking, if Dot gets on this it’ll be his first time being heard on some[thing] like this,” Will told NPR.
And he heard the beat and he liked it. But he was about to give me “HUMBLE.” for [my album] ‘Ransom 2’. I love that song so I was like, ‘Man, hell yeah.’ Then he told me that his team was saying he should keep it. And I told him, ‘Bruh, you definitely should keep it, and you should use it as your single.’”
Mike Will also produced the DAMN. track ‘DNA.’, which is currently fourth on the Billboard chart.