The song was produced by:
English singer James Blake, whose second studio album Overgrown
won the Mercury Music Prize in 2013. (The Mercury is an annual music prize awarded for the best album from the UK and Ireland.) Blake has since become a go-to collaborator for number of big name artists such as Beyoncé' ("Forward
", "Pray You Catch Me
") and Frank Ocean ("Godspeed
", "Solo (Reprise)
"). This is the first time that Blake has worked with Lamar officially, though the Englishman did provide a remix of the Compton MC's's "m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar's Top Dawg Entertainment in-house producer Sounwave. In the past, Sounwave worked on some of Lamar's most forceful songs such as "King Kunta
" and "Alright
Ricci Riera, who is one third of the production group T.H.C. Riera previously worked with Kendrick Lamar when he co-produced "Collard Greens
," a Schoolboy Q track that features a guest verse from the Compton MC. Riera's name also appeared on 2016 cuts from Drake ("U with Me?
") and Travis Scott ("sdp interlude").