So I’ve been playing the hell out of this song since Monday, so I figured, why not review it? In case you missed it, Kendrick Lamar released the first single for his upcoming album, which features none other than the elusive/lazy Dr. Dre. Sidebar, everybody calls Dre a “perfectionist” when speaking about his lack of output. Can we just call him lazy? I’m sure he’s working on music somewhere, but if he never puts it out, does it really matter? Getting back to the subject, as an unabashed K. Dot fan, I’d like to talk about all of the ways “The Recipe” is awesome.
First off, that instrumental is tough. While I’ve seen a bunch of people erroneously give the credit to Dre, the real producer of the track is Scoop DeVille. While I’ve been a fan of Scoop for a minute, his work on Snoop Dogg‘s “Life Of Da Party” made me a straight stan. Needless to say, when I saw he produced the song, I was already amped to hear it. I’m a fan of deceptively simple beats, so all you need is a dope sample, some hard drums and a few keyboard flourishes to make me happy. That’s exactly what we have here, so I’ll just shut up, open the sunroof in my car and drive down the street disturbing the peace (No Ludacris).
Second, the flow both Kendrick and Dre use on this track is stupidly good. You’d be an idiot if you didn’t realize K. Dot wrote Dre’s verses, but honestly, I’m surprised Dre had the dexterity to pull it off. Clearly he’s come a long way since “Bitches Ain’t Shit.” In addition, the hook makes me want to go to California immediately. Who doesn’t want “women, weed and weather” son? Sidebar, I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been to Cali. What the fuck is wrong with me? I need to do something about this immediately.
Honestly, I don’t know what else to say. Go listen to the song. Now. Right now! You’ll thank me. Chuuuch…