"Lil Wayne is the greatest" - Kendrick Lamar Details Music & Fashion Influences
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With two albums and just as many fashion endeavors at work in the last year, Kendrick Lamar has established himself as a seismic voice, both on and off record. And while his heroic musical output has been more than sufficiently-documented throughout our current cycle 'round the sun, K Dot's fashion-minded collaborations haven't received quite as much attention.
In steps The Coveteur with a lens into the Compton rappers stylistic and musical influences for you to get informed. Set at an exclusive soirée, the interview provides exceptional insight into the other half of the Cornrow Kenny's mind, detailing the cultural and philosophical sentiments behind his Reebok deal, as well as his influences, which could prove to be rather shocking to some Okayplayers. Flip through some of the more compelling snippets from the interview below and hit the link to peep the full script. Head over to The OKP Shop for a copy of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly on vinyl or hit iTunes to grab the sneak-release, untitled unmastered. Also, it should be noted that Lamar's clearly taking a side in the "most influential living rapper" debate. Jump back to see where we line up in the battle for hip-hop's throne.
Taking stylistic cues from Weezy:
“Yeah, man, we was heavy. That’s a real story like, we was just huge, still to this day, huge Lil Wayne fans. Lil Wayne is the greatest. Not only because of his music but also because of the culture he put behind it. It was a big part of what he was talking about, so we always hold Lil Wayne in high regards. Juvenile as well. And yeah, it’s the impact of them man. To be a part of it the same way he was a part of it years later is just a great feeling.”
K Dot is for the kids:
“The impact it has is letting the world know, everything starts homegrown, you know? No matter how far or how high it gets, you always have to come back to the soil, you always have to come back to the streets. You always got to look at what the next 13-year-old, same person I was, is wearing because these are the people who make the culture. We can’t run from the kids, period. That’s something that we always try to do in our own way. We throw the high cost on shoes and clothes and try to distract it from the kids but they make the culture period. They have the freedom. They don’t have the numbers or the politics or what we cannot do behind it. If they don’t have no shoes, if we didn’t give them no shoes, they’ll be making it themselves in their garage somewhere.”