I only discovered Kendrick Lamar this past year but I quickly became a fan shortly after, hearing tracks like “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Poetic Justice,” “Swimming Pools,” “Collard Queens,” “She Needs Me,” “No Makeup” … the list could go on. But when I found “The Recipe,” I think I had this song on repeat for a week.
The one and only Dr. Dre makes an appearance on the track, which debuted as a single from his first major label good kid, m.A.A.d city in 2012. The song gives props to some of Lamar’s favourite cities, but his main focus is on L.A. and the best of what it has to offer: women, weed and weather. The bottom line? There’s nothing like Cali.For.N.I.A.
Leon Haywood, an American funk and soul musician from the 60s and 70s, created a piece of genius called I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You. It was so popular that many artists have ripped off the same tune to add to their track resumes, including Mariah Carey’s You Had Your Chance, Redman’s Rockafella and many more. Here’s Haywood’s smooth single from 1975:
Probably the most popular remake is the gangster-infused Nothin’ But a G Thang by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Besides the change from Haywood’s sexy yet subtle lyrics to Snoop and Dre’s more explicit (and less romantic) gangster rap, the flow remains the same but with a little more hip hop in the mix. It’s like this and like that and like this and uh.
What’s your take? Do you prefer the original Haywood version or the rap and rhyme of Snoop and Dre?
p.s. Did y’all see that baby dancing in the video?