"Black Boy Fly"
Produced By: Rahki, Dawaun Parker
Kendrick Lamar: “That song is talking about everybody that I seen winning in the city when I was growing up. I speak on two particular guys. The first guy is Arron Afflalo, he played for my high school, Centennial High, and he’s in the NBA now. Just knowing that he was going to the league at the time it was like, ‘Damn, he’s the one making it out.’ I was tight about the situation, like, ‘Damn, why is he making it out of this shit? Why are we doing all this stuff and not making it out?’ It’s jealousy.
I spoke on a mentor of mine named Jayceon Taylor a.k.a. Game. Before I met him, I still in school and recognizing that he’s from Compton and he’s making it out. So it’s like, ‘Damn, those two cats are doing it, what are we doing? We’re still stuck. Doing nothing.’ —Kendrick Lamar
“And I spoke on another cat, another mentor of mine named Jayceon Taylor a.k.a. Game. Before I met him, I was still in school and recognizing that he’s from Compton and he’s making it out. So it’s like, ‘Damn, those two cats are doing it, what are we doing? We’re still stuck. Doing nothing.’ And that’s being inspired by that. That’s why I said ‘Black Boy Fly.’ They did something with themselves to get out of poverty and make a better situation with their lives.”
Punch: “I thought that was a real important song for Kendrick and the project but [it didn’t fit the narrative of the regular cuts].
“The thing with Kendrick is his recording process is kind of weird. He’ll be doing something and then stop and do something completely different. Then like weeks later come back and add four bars and change a hook somewhere. It’s like a puzzle to him.
“It’s not like he’s concentrating on one song, finishing that one song then moving on to the next one. He’s got all the pieces sitting in front of him and he’s just trying to make it fit. He’s like a scanner going back and forth to different things.”