"Poetic Justice" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar, taken from his highly acclaimed major-label debut studio album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012). The song, produced by American record producer Scoop DeVille, features a verse from fellow rapper, Canadian recording artist Drake. The song was released as the album's third official single, due to its positive response.
The song was produced by Scoop DeVille, who Lamar had previously worked with on his debut single "The Recipe". "Poetic Justice" samples Janet Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place". Lamar and DeVille chose to sample the record after it came on the radio, during their studio session. In an interview, DeVille recalled several artists wanting the song, including American gangsta rapper 50 Cent, before he ended up giving it to Lamar. On January 26, 2013, Lamar performed the song on Saturday Night Live, as well as his previous single "Swimming Pools (Drank)".
Music video 
In a December 2012 interview, Lamar stated the music video would be filmed "soon". He also expressed interest in having American recording artist and actress Janet Jackson, who starred in the 1993 film from which the song takes its name, to appear in it. Despite expressing interest, he was unable to get Jackson to appear in the video. The music video, directed by The Lil Homie, Dave Free and Dangerookipawaa, was released February 22, 2013.
Critical reception 
The song garnered critical acclaim from most music critics. Reviews complimented the performances of both rappers, but most of the praise went out to the sampling of Janet Jackson's hit "Any Time, Any Place". The Irish Times complimented it as one of the best tracks from Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. The song was called by MTV "flawless" and one of the most anticipated collaborations of the album.
A freestyle over the song's instrumental was recorded and released by American rappers Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip on December 21, 2012, where the two pay homage to Janet Jackson.
Chart performance and certifications 
The song debuted at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the album's first week on sale. It has peaked at number 26 as of March 7, 2013. It also charted at #18 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at #14 on Hot Rap Songs.
Release history 
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