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Hear Kendrick Lamar’s Ominous ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’

Kendrick Lamar

Just before Kendrick Lamar took off for Chicago’s Pitchfork festival, where Lady Gaga popped up solely to see his set, the Interscope signee unleashed a sludgy new single off his forthcoming debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Produced by T-Minus (whose recent work includes tracks on T.I., Rick Ross, and Slaughterhouse’s new LPs), “Swimming Pools (Drank)” liberally combines sonic ooze and boozy lyrics with the brilliant, rapid-fire flow that helped earn his section.80 the No. 6 spot on our Best Rap Albums of 2011 list. As the murky backing track implies, this isn’t necessarily a jaunty take on a nonstop summer party — you’ll want to check out his summery collab with Dr. Dre earlier this year to grab a bit more of that vibe. good kid, m.A.A.d. city drops October 2 via Interscope/Top Dawg/Aftermath.