Just in time for the weekend, we’ve got a new single from Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming major-label debut. So even if you have to wait until the fall to hear good kid, m.A.A.d city, you can get another early taste of the record right now with “Swimming Pools (Drank).” The song, produced by T-Minus, is a perfect car-bumping grinder with Lamar dropping a smooth, part-sung-part-rapped flow over heavy drums and dramatic string samples.
It’s also a curious song about drinking, if the title didn’t give it away. He starts the song lamenting too much drinking, from his grandad’s golden flask to his own desire to drown away his sorrows. But if it starts with regret, the rest of the song is a club jam that shows exactly the kind of peer-pressure that will drag Lamar back into another hard night of boozing. It probably doesn’t help he’s got a “swimming pool full of liquor” and that “all the girls want to play Baywatch” — whatever that may mean. It’s a tune with strange moments — like the high-pitch, low-pitch call and response between verses — but that’s what makes it another solid turn from Lamar. This will no doubt intensify the already huge anticipation for his new record.
Stream the track below. good kid, m.A.A.d city is slated for release Oct. 2 on Aftermath/Interscope.