Kendrick Lamar Wanted Nas Feature On ‘Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst’

2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 3

By Maurice Bobb

Kendrick Lamar recently said that “it’s an accomplishment” to have had a legend like Jay-Z hop on the remix of his song, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” from his highly-praised debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. But the 25-year old also told VIBE that he also wanted to collaborate with another God MC for his ground-breaking concept album.

“The idea was to have Nas on ‘Sing About Me’,” MTV’s Hottest MC told VIBE. “I never really got a chance to reach out to him. I was so wrapped up in getting the music done, samples cleared and mastered…there was so much going on.”

“Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst” is a 12-minute track that focuses on the Compton-bred spitter’s recollection of seeing his homeboy get killed right before his eyes and being the last person to see him take his last breath. With a song so personal to his discography, the “Swimming Pools” MC didn’t want to rush or force a collab with his Life is Good idol. He wanted the collaboration to be as organic as possible.

“I didn’t really wanna rush the process,” K.Dot said. “I actually wanted to sit in the studio and vibe with him. [It was] the only thing that I had a vision for but in due time, God willing, for sure Surprisingly, with a project that was so concise and well-thought out, Kendrick would’ve given the Queens representer full creative input for the song.

“I just wanted to play him the record. Whatever inspiration he drew from it, I’d just have him there and he would go,” Lamar said. “He’s a genius. The record is self-explanatory but he may hear something a little different that might take it to the next level. That’s what makes a great feature for me…somebody that could take the song to the next level from where it was at. He would have did just that. It’s a great record now but to have his expertise on it would have been crazy.”