Kendrick Lamar Visits BET's "106 & Park"
For those (including us) who looked at the album's credits and wondered who the hell 'K. Duckworth' is, well after confirming with TDE's Punch and "Top Dawg," that answer is the star of the "short film" himself, Kendrick Lamar. Turns out his full name is Kendrick Lamar Duckworth. If you already knew this, give yourself a pat on the back or go boast about it in the comments section.
Even though he wasn't a credited featured guest, ScHoolboy Q did play an integral role on good kid, m.A.A.d city as he's responsible for the handwritten title on the album cover. Those that have physical copies of the project can see the credit on the back cover, underneath the tracklisting.
After listening to the album, you'll know the backstory to that old Dodge mini-van front and center on good kid, m.A.A.d city's deluxe edition. But all the real K. Dot fans will know that the Compton lyricist actually referenced the vehicle a little while back on the track "P&P". He rhymes, "Pushin' in my mama van, stop for gas on Rosecrans."
K. Dot and 50 share a little more than the same label. On track 8, "m.A.A.d City" (featuring MC Eiht), where Kendrick flips rhymes over a shifting beat that goes from a rollicking to a more booming backdrop on the second stretch, features an interpretation of B.B. King's 1970 cut "Chains and Things" off Indianola Mississippi Seeds. This classic song is also sampled used by his Aftermath label mate 50 Cent (among others) on his 2008 mixtape track "The Mechanic" featuring Tony Yayo (The Return of the Bodysnatchers). Kendrick's track was produced by TDE sound architect Sounwave (as well as THC and Terrace Martin) while Fif's mixtape record was produced by The Alchemist.
Besides K. Dot, the Compton rapper's mom and pops were the stars on the album. Who would've thought that the two voices playing his parents all over the LP were actually the real deal. Confirmed by TDE's President and founder, those are in fact Kendrick's real parents.