Kendrick Lamar definitely used his brief absence to his advantage. Aside from the debut of “i,” and it’s impact — mind you, it’s only been 24hrs — the song is less of a single, more of an opening statement. While talking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One, K. Dot described the process it took to secure the Ronald Isley sample. Check it out after the jump.

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“I actually had to go to St. Louis ad get the blessing from Ronald Isley,” explained the Compton emcee. “That was a trip. We got in the studio and just vibes and talked about how things were back then and how they are now, and you can actually hear him on the record with a few ad libs that he actually did. We got it on camera and things like that, it’s a beautiful thing.”