The Recipe: Hip Hop’s California Girls

Y’all know The Recipe?

It’s a Kendrick Lamar track that’s kind of on good kid, m.A.A.d. city. I say kind of because it’s actually a bonus track, but more on that later. Anyways, The Recipe is pretty much the hip hop version of California Girls, that classic Beach Boys song.


California Girls

So the Beach Boys track is pretty much the Beach Boys talking about all the women from different parts of the country and discussing their merits, while ultimately saying they wish they all could be California Girls. I guess the point is that California Girls are the best and California is the best. I mean, according to the Beach Boys at least.

The Recipe

Kendrick Lamar

Photo: thissongissick.com

Then we got The Recipe, Kendrick’s 2012 offering that’s basically a modern adaptation of California Girls, except maybe focusing more on California and the other places themselves rather than the women there. For the folks who been sleep, the recipe itself is women, weed and weather, which, according to Kendrick, is the reason folks go to California and why it’s the best place (supposedly.) By shouting out a bunch of different places but ultimately settling on California, The Recipe uses the exact same methods of California Girls to make its point, and also kind of subverting white culture by taking that song and remaking it as rap. Just saying.

The end of gkmc

Anyways, that’s pretty much it, listen to both California Girls and The Recipe and you’ll see what I’m saying right away. Now let’s talk about another pressing issue: why The Recipe was the first bonus track on gkmc, rather than the last track on the non-deluxe album. So obviously it was gonna be either Compton (what he went with) or The Recipe, but I think he should have gone with The Recipe over Compton.

Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar

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So, to follow Real and end the album, he had to have something post-realization (“or hatin’ the fact none of that shit makes me real.”) It was probably gonna be a celebratory track, and I bet Dr. Dre pretty much demanded to be on the last track. Well, Dre is on both Compton and The Recipe, and they’re both celebratory tracks about where Kendrick’s from. So then it just comes down to which track is better, and it’s no question that The Recipe’s just a better track. The only thing I can think of is that Compton is more specific to Compton rather than California, and it’s more of a banger, in a way.


Anyways, The Recipe > Compton

I hope you can see that now, and agree that it makes no sense that he didn’t end with The Recipe. Also, I guess the main point of this was to convince you that The Recipe is hip hop’s California Girls, but I think that’s pretty obvious too. Thanks for reading, and go vibe to The Recipe.


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