Nothing like a little Kendrick Lamar to lighten up Friday 13th! “Swimming Pools” is the lead single of Lamar’s upcoming album good kid, m.A.A.d city. On first listen, the track is catchy and upbeat. Lamar’s flow has the most magnetic appeal of the song, creating a rhythm of its own. Remember “Cartoon and Cereal”? That unique – almost robotic – voice and tone is back, compelling listeners to stay strapped to the repeat button.
The track’s most notable flaw is the hook. The transition from verse to hook is anti-climatic, as the verses create a concentrated mood that the chorus dissatisfactorly breaks. Listeners expect a hook that will inject them with craze, but instead receive a mediocre, generic composition that dampens the atmosphere. “Swimming Pools” is one of Lamar’s few commercial tracks, his most recent being “The Recipe” – a collaboration with Dr. Dre. The latter is still fresh in the minds of fans, and many will remember “The Recipe” as the better track for its overall production and superior hook. “Swimming Pools” is addictive because of Lamar’s vocal presence, and after a few listens the hook does become less underwhelming, so give the track a little time and some TLC.
One thing K-Dot does best is lyricism. It may be a mainstream record, but Lamar does well to balance stimulating lyrics with a club beat. The second verse is a definitely a winner. good kid, m.A.A.d city is out October 2nd.