The first track off Overly Dedicated
finds Kendrick Lamar rapping over an extended version of The Roots' How I Got Over
cut "A Piece of Light." Speaking with Rolling Stone
, the Compton MC explained what led to this song:
"I remember saying to myself, 'I just wanna show a spew of emotion on a record. I don't care how long the bars are, but people are literally gonna have to feel me.' I told myself that if I can't connect that way, then it ain't no point in me just putting a bunch of good words together. So that spaz-out toward the end, where I just choke up and lose my breath – I wanna keep all that."