‘Humble’ Track Wasn’t Intended For Kendrick Lamar — Guess Who Was Going To Get It First
“Humble” is Kendrick Lamar’s No.1 single from the DAMN album. Funny how things work out, because he wasn’t even who the track was made for.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Life has a way of connecting the right people together for the perfect occasions. What you think is for “this” person might be the “perfect storm” for the next person.
Kendrick Lamar has the # 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 & # 1 album on Billboard 200 with "HUMBLE" & "DAMN." pic.twitter.com/CE55ExmfOZ
— Hip Hop (@HipHop) April 27, 2017
That’s exactly what happened when Mike Will Made-It produced the instrumental to “Humble.”
Life Will Find a Way…
The track seemed to fit K-Dot hand-in-glove, right?
Well, according to Fader, the instrumental was created with Gucci Mane in mind. The source reports as follows.
“I made that beat [last year] when Gucci Mane was getting out of jail; I made it with him in mind. I was just thinking, damn, Gucci’s about to come home; it’s got to be something urgent that’s just going to take over the radio. I ended up not doing it with Gucci and I let Kendrick hear it. I was thinking, if Dot gets on this it’ll be his first time being heard on some[thing] like this.”
According to Mike Will Made It, Kendrick Lamar's “HUMBLE” beat was originally for Gucci Mane pic.twitter.com/9jPJMdt1Rx
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Mike Will has attempted working with Kendrick Lamar before “Humble.” The source notes that he sent K-Dot various instrumentals for good kid, m.a.a.d. city and To Pimp a Butterfly.
However, none of them fit what Kendrick was trying to do at that time.
“They definitely weren’t the right vibe,” Mike Will explains.
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) April 24, 2017
The source also notes that — while the track was originally for Gucci — Mike Will did manage to bring the two together in another collaboration, also including Rae Sremmurd. The song is called “Perfect Pints,” from his Ransom 2 album.
All in all, do you think the “Humble” instrumental did better under Kendrick’s lyrics? Or would Gucci have held his own with the track as well? Feel free to share your thoughts via our Facebook page.
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