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."
Pete Townshend never had a #1 UK hit with The Who or as a solo artist, but he did produce and play on a song that hit the top spot there: "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman, a group he assembled.