The second single from Good Kid, Mad City finds Lamar tackling the perils of having a drinking problem. "N---- why you babysitting only two or three shots. I'm a show you how to turn it up a notch," he sings on the chorus. "First you need a swimming pool of liquor, then you dive in." The song was released July 13, 2012.
Lamar spits his rhymes over a minimalist T-Minus beat. The Canadian producer is best known for the soundscapes he's provided for a number of Drake's musings, including his hit single "Make Me Proud."
Lamar performed this song along with "Poetic Justice" on the January 26, 2013 episode of Saturday Night Live.
Kendrick Lamar quit drinking and smoking weed when he was 16 or 17. He recounts his reasons for his abstinence in this song:
You're like me, making excuse that your relief Is in the bottom of the bottle and the greenest indo leaf
Lamar explained to Billboard magazine: "Teenagers don't get it -- we selfish. Go drink, go smoke, go get f---ed up. Why did I do these things? Because I was brought up around it? It damn sure was in the household. I said, 'I know what happens to my family and certain friends when they get drunk and they smoke. They get out of their minds, they get violent. And that's in my blood.'"
"I have little sips on special occasions," Lamar added, "but getting all the way out of my mind may not be a good idea."
John Lennon's lead guitar work on Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" proved to be his final creative act. It was upon their return home after completing laying down the track that Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman.
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.
Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones.
"Cleveland Rocks" was written by an Englishman. Ian Hunter wrote the song after touring America in the late '70s and finding that Cleveland was by far the most receptive city to his brand of Glam Rock.
"Pretty In Pink" by Psychedelic Furs was released in 1981. Five years later, it inspired a movie of the same name starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. The song was remixed for the re-release to have more Pop appeal.