Even though he produced three beats for “Duckworth,” 9th Wonder had a realization during our interview. Three samples, three genres, three generations– Kendrick Lamar intentionally wove “threes all the way across.”

READ THE COMPANION ESSAY
“Kendrick Lamar Thinks Like A Jazz Musician” by Marcus J. Moore
Kendrick Lamar’s song “DUCKWORTH.” is made up of three beats, each built around a different sample, by producer 9th Wonder. The way Lamar stitched those beats together illuminates his relationship with contemporary and historical jazz musicians. That essay is here: https://n.pr/2VdwOIz

FULL SERIES PLAYLIST HERE
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy2PCKGkKRVbYfsJ9gn-LrWPuALxU2Z1T

CREDITS
Host: Rodney Carmichael; Producers: Nick Michael; CJ Riculan, Maia Stern; Animator: CJ Riculan; Director of Photography: Colin Marshall; Editor: Annabel Edwards; Videographers: Colin Marshall, CJ Riculan, Morgan Noelle Smith; Audio Recording Engineer: Colin Marshall; Audio Mix Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Supervising Producer: Nick Michael; Senior Producer: Abby O’Neill; Consulting Editor: Jacob Ganz; Managing Editor: Becky Lettenberger; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins, Lauren Onkey; Special Thanks: Eric Hilton, Robert “Kalani” Tifford, Peter Ugrin

MUSIC
“Girl,” Destiny’s Child, Destiny Fulfilled (2004)
“Be Ever Wonderful,” Ted Taylor, Keepin’ My Head Above Water (1978)
“Ostavi Trag,” September, Zadnja Avantura (1976)
“Atari,” Hiatus Kaiyote, Choose Your Weapon (2015)
“DUCKWORTH.,” Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. (2017)
“Rose Water”, DJ Face [series theme track]

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