N.E.R.D. Feat. Kendrick Lamar - Don't Don't Do It

N.E.R.D. and Kendrick Lamar connect for "Don't Don't Do It," a new track from the forthcoming album No_One Ever Really Dies. According to Pharrell, the intro of the song was written by Frank Ocean. 

"He is the arch of no compromise, no concession and very colorful with it,” Pharrell reveals to Zane Lowe who premiered the song. “Nothing ever feels like a mistake with him, but of course we all as human beings make mistakes. His ability to make nothing feel like a mistake or nothing feel like everything has purpose. Even his flaws just seem to be artful and well thought out.”

Later in the interview, Williams tells Lowe that "Don't Do It" was inspired by Keith Lamont Scott - A black man who was shot by a police officer in Charlotte last year. 

For those of you not familiar with the story. Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot on September 2016 by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. Police officers arrived at Lamont Scott's apartment to search for an unrelated suspect with an outstanding warrant. According to reports, Scott was wielding a handgun and refused to comply with police instructions to drop the weapon. 

Scott was killed in front of his wife.

"She’s filming the entire thing on her camera phone. She is saying, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t don’t do it. Don’t do it Keith. Don’t don’t do it,'” Pharrell told Zane Lowe. “She’s telling the authorities that her husband has a TBI, that’s a Traumatic Brain Injury. They’re telling him to put his hands up or whatever and she knows, you can tell in her voice that she sees what’s going to happen. She’s saying, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it Keith. Don’t don’t do it.’ And of course you know the way that turned out—he was killed.”

"Don't Don't Do It" is one of two songs on the album that features Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper also appears on "Kites," a track that also features M.I.A. 

Due this Friday, (Dec. 15), No_One Really Die also features Rihanna, Future, Ed Sheeran, Gucci Mane and Andre 3000. 
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