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This part of Mausberg’s “Get Nekkid feat. DJ Quik” was sampled by Sounwave and Terrence Martin on “King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar is one of the most influential and iconic hip-hop artists of his generation.  Many view him as a disciple of 2pac’s.

Sounwave is a Grammy-award winning record producer and 1/4 of TDE’s in-house production team "Digi+Phonics."  He produced or co-produced nearly every track on To Pimp A Butterfly.

In an interview, Sounwave said when he first met Kendrick, he rapped for 2 minutes straight. When he finished, Sounwave had to stop the beat and ask for his name. A year later, he again crossed paths with Kendrick at his TDE audition, and advised the now president of TDE, Anthony Tiffith, to do whatever he can to sign Kendrick.

Originally a jazz drummer, Terrence Martin is a jazz and hip-hop instrumentalist & producer who has worked with Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Charlie Wilson, and Stevie Wonder many among others.

“Get Nekkid” is track 4 on Mausberg’s 2000 release “Non Fiction.” It was produced by and features DJ Quik.

Mausberg was a late 1990’s West Coast rapper and young affiliate of DJ Quik’s. He was often referred to as the Biggie of the West, and often made appearances on compilation albums with Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Warren G.

The same year Non Fiction was released, Mausberg was tragically murdered in Compton at the age of 21. Today, he would be 40 years old.

In 2000, George W. Bush won the presidential election, which sparked a controversy given that Al Gore won by number of votes, but not by number of electoral votes.

In 2000, Jesse Jackson delivered a speech to the Democratic National Convention encouraging a vote against Bush, emphasizing workers’ rights and inclusion of diversity.