Since the release of Kendrick Lamar's Damn, a lot of talk has focused on the album-closing track "Duckworth," which tells an eerie story about a long-ago run-in between TDE chief Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith and Lamar's father. It turns out the whole narrative is actually true, as producer 9th Wonder who coined the instrumental confirmed it.
In the late '80s, Tiffith was a powerful gang member from the Nickerson Gardens projects in Watts, L.A. Kendrick's father worked at the drive-thru at the KFC across the street, which Tiffith would rob during the time he was employed there.
Knowing that Tiffith had already robbed the KFC before he began working there, Ducky tried to get on his good side, giving him free chicken and extra biscuits. Perhaps this was why Ducky's life was spared during the eventual robbery he experienced.
Kendrick finishes the song by rapping, "Whoever
thought the greatest rapper would be from coincidence? / Because if
Anthony killed Ducky / Top Dawg could be servin' life / While I grew up
without a father and die in a gunfight."
In an exclusive interview with Complex, 9th Wonder reveals that the story is true. “He said yes, it’s a true story. That’s the thing that’s been going around on the net. Top Dawg has confirmed that it’s a true story. The beauty of that is, he chose to tell that story, and we’re like four albums in. Usually, people will tell that story the first time,” said the veteran producer.
Marveling at the fact that Kendrick resisted the temptation to make the reveal earlier in his career, 9th added “But he told it four albums in, at the end. It’s like, ‘In summation of everything you’ve heard from me, now let me tell you how it all came about.’ And that’s his genius when it comes to when he chooses to write about something, and how he chooses to write about it.”
In case you were living under a rock, here's a link to DAMN.. Make sure you pay attention to the final track.
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