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Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper from the Compton area of Los Angeles. He first gained major attention after the release of his 2010 mixtape O(verly) D(edicated), and it was one of the cuts from the set "Ignorance is Bliss" that initially interested Compton native, Dr. Dre, in him. The young spitter worked with Dre on the latter's Detox album and the legendary Hip-Hop producer returned the favor by joining Lamar on this single. The song was premiered on the LA radio station Power 106's morning show on April 2, 2012.
West Coast producer Scoop Deville provides the beat, building the song around an eerie vocal from Long Island dream pop group Twin Sister's 2011 track, "Meet the Frownies." "We just went into the studio and added our elements to it. I mixed it up. Kendrick wrote the words. It came together and we fell in love with it," Dre told Power 106's Big Boy before he played the record for the first time.
The summery song sees Lamar and Dre pay homage to the City of Angels as well as giving their recipe for the finer things in life. Kendrick and Dre explained to Power 106's Big Boy the meaning behind the tune. "'The Recipe,' it's one of those things that everyone in the world can relate to," said Lamar.
"The original title was 'Women, Weed and Weather.' That's what represents L.A," added Dre. "That's the three things you need in life; that's the recipe you need in life," concluded Lamar.
So can Kendrick create his own food from recipes? Not really. The rapper admitted to The Boombox
that his cooking prowess goes no further than making "some cereal and a cup of noodles," or a "sandwich."
Lamar filmed the video at a mansion in the Los Angeles area in May 2012, and he explained to MTV News his vision behind the clip. "I felt like there hasn't been that 'California Love
'-type feel since the '90s, and I really wanted to display that and represent where I'm from," he said. "So I had a whole bunch of beautiful women, good weather — it was like 85 degrees and breezy — and we had [ScHoolboy] Q up in there stealing some of Snoop's weed, him and Ab-Soul, and we had fun."
Lamar told The Boombox
that he had an equal say in the direction of the video. "Dre respects my opinion a lot," he said. "He asks me my ideas. I threw some in the air; he threw some back. It's really just a mutual thing. It wasn't so hard to come up with a crazy dope video for a title and visuals of what we talking about. So it was pretty head-to-head as far as the idea of what we wanted to do."