“I made that beat when Gucci Mane was getting out of jail; I made it with him in mind,” Mike says. “I was just thinking, ‘damn, Gucci’s about to come home; it’s got to be something urgent that’s just going to take over the radio.’ And I felt like that beat was that.
“I ended up not doing it with Gucci and I let Kendrick hear it. I was thinking, ‘if Dot gets on this it’ll be his first time being heard on some[thing] like this.’ At the same time, it kind of has an NWA/Dr. Dre feel, an Eminem kind of feel. So I thought, let me see if Dot f**** with it. And he heard the beat and he liked it.”
That’s not all: the track was originally slated for Mike WiLL’s Ransom 2, but TDE decided to keep it for DAMN.
Mike also tells a crazy tale on how “DNA” was made, which explains the sudden beat switch in the middle of the song:
“He went the whole way [through] and then he just started rapping a cappella. He said, ‘I just want to see if you can put some drums around this.’ Just imagine him a cappella rapping the second half of ‘DNA.’ and I had to build a beat around that. I didn’t want the beat to just sound like a regular boom-clap, boom-clap. I wanted that s*** to sound just as crazy. I wanted it to sound like he’s battling the beat.”
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