Kendrick Lamar just released DAMN., his fourth studio album, to much critical acclaim. It was revealed that eight of the album’s tracks include production and vocal credits from an unknown artist named Bekon.
A Google search for Bekon (or Bēkon) will leave you with more questions than you had before. The unknown artist credited on “BLOOD,” “DUCKWORTH,” “XXX,” “YAH,” “GOD,” “ELEMENT,” and “PRIDE,” has led many fans to start digging for more information. So far no one has come up with any notable leads but many are suggesting that Bekon’s vocals sound very similar to that of Thundercat.
Bekon is actually the very first voice heard on the album. The opening track, “BLOOD,” starts off with a synthesized Bekon saying:
“Is it wickedness?
Is it weakness?
Are we going to live or die?”
DAMN. also ends with the help of Bekon. The final track, “DUCKWORTH,” which tells the story of TDE founder Anthony Tiffith and how he and Kendrick came to know each other, once again, opens with a few lines from the mysterious producer.
“It was always me vs. the world.
Until I found it’s me vs. me.
Why? Oh why? Oh why?”
The Internet is desperately trying to figure out who Kendrick Lamar let open his album and have a hand in eight of DAMN.’s fourteen tracks. Bekon, for the moment, has only been theorized to be in reference to bacon or as a way of saying that the album is a “beckon to God” due to the album’s heavy religious influences.
Some people on Twitter are having a fit over who it could be and the Internet, for once, seems to have been left dumbfounded and in the dark. Still, some on Twitter are having a little fun with Kendrick Lamar’s latest mystery.
Pitchfork has confirmed the identity of Bekon.
“His identity has now been revealed. Bekon is Daniel Tannenbaum, a producer formerly known as Danny Keyz, he confirmed to Pitchfork. Tannenbaum has worked with a number of high-profile artists. In 2015, he cowrote and sang additional vocals on Dr. Dre’s Compton cut “All in a Day’s Work.” He has also contributed to Eminem’s Recovery, BJ the Chicago Kid’s In My Mind, Snoop’s Doggumentary, Emile Haynie’s We Fall, RZA’s Digi Snacks, and more.”