Kendrick Lamar Recorded “Compton” the Night He First Met Dr. Dre
According to Just Blaze, who conducted a Reddit AMA on Wednesday (March 15), the night that Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre met face-to-face for the first time, the two recorded "Compton," the final track on Lamar's acclaimed major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city.
The night we did "Compton" was the first time [Kendrick] ever did anything with Dre / Aftermath
“I was very excited [when I first met Dr. Dre], I wasn’t nervous at all. I was more excited because I knew that this was my shot,” Kendrick explained to i-D in a 2012 interview that is currently unlisted on YouTube. “Everything that I worked for, everything that I built up to came down to that moment…that moment, I recorded my first song with Dre, which was ‘Compton,’ which is the last song on my album [good kid, m.A.A.d city].”
It's certainly not unheard of for an artist and producer to record material on the day they meet for the first time, but this story does hint at a discrepancy between when Kendrick actually signed with Dr. Dre versus when the signing was revealed by Aftermath—hello mindie—and it helps to give us a time frame for when the track was actually recorded.
On July 2, 2011, the day Kendrick released his first full-length album, Dre sent out a tweet in support of the project, encouraging his followers to "go download Section.80." However, it wasn't until March 2012, nearly eight months later, that TDE and Interscope announced a joint venture, which included recording contracts for both Kendrick and ScHoolboy Q.
So, in all likelihood, Kendrick and Dre met for the first time and recorded "Compton" before Section.80 was released or their record deal was consummated and announced.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
By Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.