Backseat Freestyle

Album: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012)
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • Lamar lays boastful rhymes over Hit-Boy's menacing soundscape. "It's about me and my homeboys really getting in the backseat and starting our day," Lamar explained to Complex magazine. "Sometimes we'll rap, it takes away from everything else. That's one of the feelings that the record produces."
  • The song's black and white video was directed by Lamar with Dave Free and JeremeD. The clip is set in both Compton and Paris and introduces K-Dot's dad whom we see smoking some weed while getting on his son's case over his misplaced domino set. We also see his mom teasing her husband about his hat. The rear-shaking girl is meant to be Sherane, the young seductress whom Lamar raps about on "Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter's Daughter" and "Poetic Justice." She is played by a model who bears a strong resemblance to K-Dot's teenage crush.
  • Taylor Swift is a big fan of the song. During an interview with Rolling Stone, the country-pop princess said this is her "go-to" tune that she listens to when she wants to "immediately go from feeling victimized to feeling awesome."

    Swift added with a wide smile, "I know every word."
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

Tom Bailey of Thompson TwinsSongwriter Interviews

Tom stopped performing Thompson Twins songs in 1987, in part because of their personal nature: "Hold Me Now" came after an argument with his bandmate/girlfriend Alannah Currie.

Carol KayeSongwriter Interviews

A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New YorkSong Writing

Can you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.

Danny KortchmarSongwriter Interviews

Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."

Matt SorumSongwriter Interviews

When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound; his mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."