Big Shot

Album: Black Panther: The Album (2018)
Charted: 55 71

Songfacts®:

  • Kendrick Lamar hooks up with Travis Scott for this braggadocio banger about the perks of being rich and famous. The pair previously worked together on "Goosebumps," the hit single from Scott's 2016 album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.
  • Kendrick Lamar previewed the first six bars of his verse during his performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards. This is something K-Dot did before when he rolled out his track "untitled 05 l 09.21.2014" at the 2016 Grammys.
  • The chorus of "Big Shot" finds Lamar rapping the same lyrics that begin his verse on Rich The Kid's 2017 track "New Freezer."
  • The song was produced by Matt Schaeffer, Sounwave, CuBeatz, and Cardo. Speaking to Hiphop-N-More Cardo said he originally came up with the beat in the fall of 2017.

    "That record is a banger," he added. "It's hard to describe. It's one of those records that as soon as you hear it in the club you're like, 'Oh s--t. This is going up.' It got that bounce to it. Of course Kendrick Lamar and Travis coming in and doing what they have to do. It's for the clubs. It's for you to have a good time. It's for you to bounce around. It's fire. Honestly, I made that beat in October. I sent it to Kendrick. Next thing I know, he hit me back the same day with a rough of the idea."

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