West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar has stepped up to provide details on how the new “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix came together and revealed Young Hov set the track’s tone.
According to Lamar, mutual business partners helped arrange the heavy-hitting anthem.
“You really can’t prepare,” Lamar said in an interview when asked how did he prepare for sharing microphone time with Jay-Z. “Jay-Z just came and just humbled the whole record. You just gotta go for what you know. … I been hearing through the air, through [his longtime friend] Tata, Tata told me they liked the album — we just reached out through mutual business partners, mutual business friends. Big John really set it up, a cat by the name of Big John — really just reached out to Jay and Jay gave it a go. … Jay laid his joint [verse] and set the whole tone. He just humbled it all the way down, man. The stuff he was saying on there was incredible and it inspired me to just go in and do what I do, to the best of my abilities.” (“In Flex We Trust”)
The record’s edited and uncensored versions officially premiered online yesterday (March 18).
During South by Southwest, news broke of a new remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” featuring Jay-Z. Today, In Flex We Trust brings us to the “FINAL CDQ Version,” and along with it comes a new title, “Kill My Vibe”, and a whole lot of radio edits (ahem, “Trick don’t kill my vibe”). At least Jay-Z sounds a whole lot more interested than he did on his last round of bars. Take a listen at In Flex We Trust. Update: Phew, the explicit version is here. Also, the artwork gets a *thumbs up*. (Consequence of Sound)
A few days ago, Lamar kept close-lipped when asked about how the unexpected joint effort came together.
“Ah, man, I can’t really speak too much on it, I just know it’s in the air right now,” Kendrick told MTV News, laughing. “I can’t — it’s under wraps,” he said when asked about the remix’s origins. It’s all love. That’s the big homey. It’s one of them things, you know, you live up to and one of them moments to really challenge yourself and say ‘OK, that’s how I come in. Always looked up to the greats to be a great.’ So to actually be on a track with him, it’s an accomplishment.” (MTV)
The new record premiered last week courtesy of Jay’s righthand man Young Guru at Austin, Texas’ South By Southwest music festival.
During Jay-Z’s engineer Young Guru’s DJ set tonight at SXSW 2013, he played a remix of Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city joint “B***h Don’t Kill My Vibe,” featuring none other than Hov himself. No word on when this will be officially released, but peep the footage above to listen. Sounds super fresh. (Complex)
Check out Kendrick Lamar’s interview: