Kendrick Lamar Says he’s a Mixture of Kurupt, Tupac & Ice Cube [Video]on January 29th, 2013 Posted in Hip Hop And Rap News | Interviews | Video
It’s known to almost everyone that Kendrick Lamar appreciates very much the ‘90s era West Coast Hip Hop. And in a recent interview with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Compton lyricist names the three West Coast icons to whom he sounds the most familiar to.
“I’m probably more West Coast influenced,” said Kendrick. “[I'm] a little bit Kurupt, ‘Pac, and some content of [Ice] Cube…I think it’s really just the West Coast influence, truthfully. I come up under Dre and under Snoop. Just listening to them over the years, it’s really just that melodic feel that I could never escape.”
Kendrick Lamar also spoke on what he believes Tupac’s reaction to his music would be if he were still alive today.
“I think [Tupac] would thank me for keeping just the legacy alive of speaking on something that’s real-not only to him, but to what I feel that everybody needs to be listening to,” he said.
Kendrick’s history with Tupac goes beyond fan-dom, as the Compton upstart recalled seeing the slain legendary rapper while filming the video for ‘California Love’.
Hit the break to watch the full interview.