Dr. Dre's Detox is the magical unicorn of rap releases, but there's no reason why he can't rhyme for other people. On Kendrick Lamar's new single, "The Recipe," the Doctor steps in to set up Lamar's ode to the only things that matter in California: women, weed, and weather. Fair enough! Unfortunately, Dre doesn't produce the track (that comes courtesy of Scoop DeVille), which is built around a sample of Twin Sister's "Meet the Frownies." That's too bad -- for a moment, I got a nice image of Dre sitting at home, scouring the Internets for all the hottest Brooklyn bands. Check it out after the click, via KillerHipHip.com.
Which is not to devalue all of Lamar's contributions; it's just that it's not as surprising when he delivers a knockout song, since that's all he's been doing for the last few years. Dre's appearances are far rarer and something to be treasured, even if it's a little awkward to hear a family man rap about how his woman will "fuck til' the morning." Come on, be more of a Dr. Dad than that. Good Kid in a Mad City, Lamar's upcoming major label debut, will be out sometime later this year.