Mc Eiht answered a couple of questions about the work with Kendrick
DX: You mentioned “Hood Rat,” that was one of my favorite cuts from that album. It’s like the original “Sherane” story.
There you go.
DX: I’ll use that as a segue to talk a little bit more about Kendrick. […] How did that unification of two generations of left coast listeners come to be for “m.A.A.d. City”?
Well, Kendrick’s the young generation. And I wasn’t really up on the young generation with Rap, because of the style and the direction they were headed—no realism in the music.[…]
But, Kendrick reached out to me, through family members. […] C’mon, let’s face it, him being on Aftermath and affiliated with Dr. Dre, he coulda went and got Snoop, he coulda went and got Game or Quik or whoever. So, for him to come to me, I just felt [that respect].
When I talked to him about the direction of where he was trying to go with the song, and how he was saying his album was basically telling the story of his life in Compton, it was a perfect match. He was like, “When I thought about the song, and I thought about growing up in the city, the first thing people said was you need to get with Eiht. He’s a perfect storyteller. He ain’t never strayed off the path of realism in his records. He’s always represented Compton in that type of light.” So, we got in the studio, and he explained it to me, and then I just came up with my verse. And, it happened to be one of the best songs on his album.
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