Mike WiLL Made-It
Contributes to: "DNA." "HUMBLE." "XXX."
Though only present on 3 tracks, Atlanta super-producer Mike WiLL Made-It plays a big role in DAMN. WiLL contributed the beat to "HUMBLE.", a minimal, but immediately striking instrumental that along with an inventive video that made the album's first punch a Haymaker. His two additional instrumentals on the album come on two equally important songs. "DNA." uses the same urgent energy as "HUMBLE." to kick off the album. Like "HUMBLE," Mike is the only producer credited on the track, making it one of a few productions without collaborators. Later on, he leads "XXX.", a song that had even the biggest Kendrick stans sweating when they saw the potentially disastrous U2 feature. Thankfully, it follows in the trajectory of Mike's other blunt-force beats, giving us one of Kendrick's most raw performances on the album before it transitions into a tastefully jazzy Bono duet.