Steve Lacy Created The Beat For Kendrick Lamar’s Song ‘PRIDE’ On His Phone

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04.14.17

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You’ve really got to hand it to Kendrick Lamar, the man knows how to bring together a wide and diverse range of talent to his musical projects. For his new album DAMN. the Compton rapper pulled together mega-pop stars like Rihanna and U2 along with lesser-known artists like Zacari and the Internet member Steve Lacy. Recently, Lacy, who just put out a solo project named Demo made an appearance on Apple Music where he talked about how he ended up working with Kendrick.

“The song I did for him came from this acoustic session that was recorded on my iPhone. I showed Anna Wise how to record her vocals and she recorded this whole idea over these acoustic guitar chords I came up with, a small little drum loop that I made and then I took her vocal stems and made a beat over it. This was the track where he [Lamar] was like ‘Yo, put your number in my phone I need this.’ I went there a couple more times to work on some stuff and this song he was just sure about. He loved this one. Then I hit him up again and he said he’s just finishing up the album so I go ‘Tracklist?’ with the eyeball emojis and he said ‘LOL.’ It was called “Wasn’t There” at the time but it’s called ‘PRIDE’ now. It’s still hitting me I still haven’t fully gripped what I just did but yeah it’s crazy to think I was in a classroom just six months ago.”

A few days before DAMN. dropped, Lacy took to Instagram to express his appreciation to K. Dot for allowing him to contribute to the project.

Listen to his comments about the making of DAMN. below.

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