[Produced by T-Minus]
A very dark, woozy and atmospheric beat, while the drum knocks hard that is complemented with Kendricks lyrics and tweaks on his vocals. The producer T-Minus and Mixedbyali expanded on the procces of making this song in an interview with Complex:
With records like that, I actually get to see the music when I look at it. And when I heard the second verse and heard his conscience come in, I knew we had to do something to switch it up right there. So we changed that, did some panning, some vocal animations and stuff like that.
That song was actually fun to mix. Me and Dr. Dre mixed that one. The beat is real open so you can kind of do whatever you want to it, as far as messing with the vocals. So I was just playing with some delays, some reverbs, tweak it out make it sound real eerie.
When the full album is done he (Dre) can just hear and know it’s missing some hi-hats here. He can make you get back and ad-lib. There’s no one better than Dre.”
I’m good friends with the A&Rs at Interscope. We were working together and he had a bunch of beats of mine. He played it for Kendrick and he just fell in love with that one beat. Its funny, I was thinking maybe an R&B artist was gonna jump on that beat.
He had the beat, he went in on it, and he sent it back to me. I did a little bit of post-production. On his end, he had his people touch up things on the record, vocally and instrumentally. That’s one thing that’s really important, getting that post-production done because a lot of times producers just wanna send out beats and hope that the record’s just gonna make itself. But it takes more than that.
On the extended version the production switches into soft synths and then building up with the drums hitting harder in an almost boom bap style with Kendrick rapping until the outro skit.
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