Produced By: Scoop DeVille
Kendrick Lamar: “That was a street single. That was the warm-up to let people really know what’s coming. Scoop DeVille actually came through with that joint and I got really fired up talking about how much fun I was going to have doing it. I was sold automatically. I laid it down, Dre came through, laid it down, and that was it.
“That’s the only one I thought could be a radio smash. But I never wanted my debut to become a super big song because then you have to follow up with that. I don’t want my album—I don’t want my career to start at that highest point and then decline. I always wanted to climb higher with each step. Everything is set up for a reason.”
Scoop DeVille: "Stat Quo came to my apartment to hear some beats. He was vibing heavy with me. I put that ‘The Recipe’ beat in his hands originally. After Stat left my crib he called me back a half hour later and put Dre on the phone. He asked me if I'd be down to work with him on some pieces. Of course I said I'm with it.
I never wanted my debut to become a super big song because then you have to follow up with that. I don’t want my album—I don’t want my career to start at that highest point and then decline. I always wanted to climb higher with each step. Everything is set up for a reason. —Kendrick Lamar
“I did the beat about a year ago but I always knew there was something special about it. I heard that original record premiered on a radio station out here in L.A. (KCRW) and it was so dope of a record I had to flip it. So shouts to Stat. That record was such a major look. I'm honored to have the bonus record. This is just beginning; expect more collaborations with me and TDE.”
Punch: “We want what you hear to be fresh. We don’t want to drop a mixtape then drop a whole album with the same songs on there. So the basic storyline, from track one through twelve, and the bonus tracks, are extensions to the story line. ‘The Recipe’ is an overview of Los Angeles outside of Compton, the whole L.A. so it makes sense for it to be after ‘Compton.'
“We did a video for it but it didn’t come out exactly how we wanted it. By the time we were going back and forth with the edits ‘Swimming Pools’ was ready so we decided to go ahead with that. That’s just us preferring to give you fresh material for the album as opposed to stuff that's been out for months already.
“It did what it was meant to do: It gave Kendrick a presence on the radio, which was something we didn’t have. We was happy with that and now ‘Swimming Pools’ is doing great and ‘The Recipe’ started that relationship with radio.”