Every time he’d come to Atlanta, he’d hit my phone. I wanted that s*** to sound just as crazy. entailed, including how the pair initially crossed paths in 2012 via a connection Mike shared with ScHoolboy Q. I wanted it to sound like he’s battling the beat.”
Other highlights of the interview include how “HUMBLE.” was a record Mike WiLL initially wanted for Ransom 2 but K-Dot’s team told him to keep it for the album and got the producer’s blessing. “I didn’t want the beat to just sound like a regular boom-clap, boom-clap. “Just imagine him a cappella rapping the second half of ‘DNA.’ and I had to build a beat around that,” he explained. “At this time, I hadn’t really heard of Kendrick,” he said. Check out Mike WiLL Made-It’s full interview by here. Mike WiLL Made-It explained that Q made the introduction to K-Dot during a stop in Atlanta and began the first of their attempts to work together. The first two tracks they worked on also happened to be DAMN.‘s first singles and Mike WiLL Made-It shared how he crafted the second portion of “DNA.” around Lamar rapping without a beat. Another interesting revelation was that “HUMBLE.” was crafted with a recently-released Gucci Mane in mind but was artfully intercepted by Kung Fu Kenny. “So I went to the studio with him [and] played him a bunch of beats. Or when I’d come to L.A., I would always link up with him.”
He went on to say that while his attempts to provide tracks for good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp A Butterfly didn’t connect, they finally found some cohesion when Lamar began work on his latest opus. The Ransom 2 mastermind sat down with NPR and shared what his involvement with DAMN. The Atlanta producer provided the heat for DAMN.‘s first two singles, “HUMBLE.” and “DNA.,” which shifted gears from the heavily orchestrated sound present on To Pimp A Butterfly. Mike WiLL Made-It gave Kendrick Lamar some of the most aggressive production many have heard the Compton superstar rhyme over.