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The various meanings and sound elements have been thoroughly discussed but my favorite part that everyone may not be able to hear is how much of an updated version of West Coast music this project is. If you don’t know who DJ Quik is and you’re from L.A. that would be considered strange – but there may be certain parts of the world that aren’t hip to his awesomeness. Not understanding how relevant the music of “King Kunta” and how Kendrick and his guys are connected to Quik and Mausberg and what it all symbolizes mean you can enjoy it but you don’t know how cool it really is. The funk–the everything–just sounds like exactly what West Coast music should sound like in the future.


I think it’s perfect for what’s going on right now and is exactly what music is supposed to do. Especially hip-hop–hip-hop was always the voice of the community and the voice of the movement and the voice of the people. Going all the way back to KRS-One and N.W.A. It’s just really dope that he did that. A lot of people are just rapping about shit that has nothing to do with anything but money. And the social ills that are going on–nobody’s really talking about it. It seems like everyone wants to fucking get drunk and just be in a club and get rich. To play this role when there’s so much shit going on that should be put in the face of the system so that it can be changed.


I feel very proud and happy about the music and my role in it. I listen to the album while I’m on my bike, flying down one-way streets, singing every word.


If you really want to know how it happened, the spirit of Tupac and Miles Davis came into the room and told us what the sound needed to be. The music told us to do everything, we didn’t say a word. The music told us everything. If you listen to the first track, “Wesley’s Theory,” it would tell anybody to get George Clinton on it. And you know what? If you don’t hear that, then you’re not listening.

There’s still a lot of layers that people will never know about with this album, a lot things that were going on. We went through a few deaths in the process of the albums, a few up and a few down times. A few emotional times, but it was God that blessed us with the ability to get this album to the people, so when I hear people commenting on it or being the topic of social discussion amongst people that don’t even love hip-hop, it lets me know that God is real. Because I believe that God was in the room.

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