Duckworth (song)

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Song by Kendrick Lamar
from the album Damn
StudioWindmark Studios, Jungle City Studios

"Duckworth" (stylized as "DUCKWORTH.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, taken from his fourth studio album Damn, released on April 14, 2017. The fourteenth and final track on the album (first on the Collector's Edition of Damn[2]), the song was written by Lamar and record producer Patrick Douthit, known professionally as 9th Wonder, and produced by 9th Wonder, with additional production by Bēkon. The song's title is Lamar's actual last name.[3][4][5]

The song tells the true story[5] of Lamar's father meeting Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith years prior to Lamar getting signed by his record label.[6]


The song uses storytelling to tell the connection of Lamar with his father, known as Ducky, and his label boss, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith.[4] Specifically, the song tells the story about Tiffith's previous encounters with Ducky, Lamar's father, years prior to Tiffith signing Lamar to his label.[7][4]

The song, like "Fear",[8] another track from Damn, incorporates "backwards vocals", also known as backmasking.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Teddy Craven of The Daily Campus described "Duckworth." as Damn's "strongest song" and "ends the album with a fantastic philosophical mic-drop."[10] Craven compared the track to "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst" from Lamar's second studio album good kid, m.A.A.d city, a song that also tells personal stories about the unexpected consequences of Lamar's music.[10]


The song contains samples of "Atari" by Hiatus Kaiyote,[11] "Ostavi Trag" by September, "Let the Drums Speak" by Fatback Band, and "Be Ever Wonderful" by Ted Taylor.[12][13]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the official Damn digital booklet.[1]

  • Kendrick Duckworth – songwriter
  • Patrick Douthit – songwriter, producer, mixing
  • Bēkon – additional production, additional vocals
  • Kid Capri – additional vocals
  • Derek Ali – mixing
  • Tyler Page – mixing, mix assistant
  • Cyrus Taghipour – mix assistant
  • Zeke Mishanec – additional recording
  • Brendan Silas Perry – additional recording


Chart (2017) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 52
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 52
Portugal (AFP)[16] 56
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[17] 76
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 80
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 63
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 36


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Digital Booklet - DAMN. copy.pdf". DocDroid. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  2. ^ India, Lindsey (December 8, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar Surprises Fans With 'Damn.' Collector's Edition". XXL. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Kendrick Lamar: 10 Facts You Didn't Know About The 'Good Kid' Rapper". Capital XTRA. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Norwin, Alyssa; Norwin, Alyssa (April 14, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar Tells The Most Incredible Story On 'Duckworth' & Fans Love It". Hollywood Life. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "9th Wonder Confirms Kendrick Lamar's "Duckworth" Is A True Story". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Tells Wild Story About His Father Meeting Top Dawg on "Duckworth"". Complex. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  7. ^ ClassicOne (April 18, 2017). "9th Wonder Confirms Whether Or Not Kendrick Lamar's "Duckworth" Was True". Exclusive Hip Hop News, Interviews, Rumors, Rap & Music Videos | Allhiphop. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "What's Kendrick Lamar saying in reverse on "Fear" and "Duckworth"? Listen to the original". Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kendrick Lamar "Duckworth." Lyrics: Every verse in the standout track from 'Damn.'". Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Album review: Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN."". The Daily Campus. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Kendrick Lamar's 'DUCKWORTH.' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  12. ^ Kendrick Lamar – DUCKWORTH., retrieved April 21, 2017
  13. ^ Genius (April 17, 2017), Every Sample On Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.', retrieved April 21, 2017
  14. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  16. ^ " – Kendrick Lamar – Duckworth.". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  17. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201716 into search. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  18. ^ "Swedish Heatseekers Chart - 14 April 2017". Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  20. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  21. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Kendrick Lamar – Duckworth". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 7, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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