"CrasH," finds Q reflecting on his success, which he achieved though hard grind overcoming a tough upbringing. The rapper grapples with dark thoughts about the reality of his fame and his concern for daughter Joy Hanley.
My thoughts is sick, I don't have no sense, sometimes I crash
Q recognizes that he must find a balance to have some peace of mind.
The song samples "Boom," a 1999 single by Detroit rapper Royce da 5'9'', which itself is based on a flip of Marc Hannibal's 1969 track, "Forever is a Long, Long Time."
Kendrick Lamar is listed as a co-writer on the track – it is one of six writing credits that the rapper has on CrasH Talk. Speaking with The Breakfast Club, Schoolboy Q explained that his labelmate was credited for the hands-on help that he gave.
"I'll do the lyrics and I do everything, and he'll hear something [like], "Drop the beat out hard. Cut this verse off. You did this verse too long,'" Q said. "I used to be his hype man, so I think he just feel like he's obligated to always help me or some s--t. He pretty much do all my ad libs and song placements and stuff like that."