From JAY-Z to J. Cole, numerous rappers have come out in support of Colin Kaepernick and his protest against police brutality.
The latest rapper to praise Kaepernick — who still doesn’t have a job in the NFL — is Kendrick Lamar. On Tuesday, Kendrick Lamar conducted a one-on-one interview during Forbes’ Under 30 Summit in Boston.
A number of topics were discussed, from his upbringing to advice he has for some of his rap peers. During the interview, Kung Fu Kenny felt like it was a good opportunity to put make his views on Kap be known.
Kendrick says that with Kap you can’t think about the present, but what the future:
“I’m sure they feel he wants to give up. They think he’s gonna give up, but he wants to stand for something. Simple as that. You don’t look at the moment, whether it is gonna work or not. No, you look at what the next generation is gonna receive from it. If I quit what I’m doing or feel like I can’t go no longer because I have naysayers or I have people behind the scenes that say I can’t do it or I feel a little discouraged, I gotta think beyond the moment. You have to look at it from a base of, ‘What do you want to be remembered for?’ Simple as that.”
Lamar also spoke on fellow Compton rapper-turned-entrepreneur Dr. Dre and how much the artist has influenced him.
“Dr. Dre himself, he’s always been there as far as a person of inspiration,” Lamar said. “I mean, come on, N.W.A — these people we watched on TV all day, every day and wanted to be like, inspired to be like. He looked like us, he looked like my uncles, he looked like my brothers, and just him having that brand in Compton and making it out, that was that influence already there. That’s a different type of mentorship.”
The DAMN. rapper also took the time to speak on the pressures he first experienced when trying to launch his music career.
“My biggest mistake was watching other artist’s success and thinking it could be my own success,” Lamar said. “Everybody’s their own individual and a lot of the times you listen to the radio, and you be pushed by what the industry is doing and what’s poppin’ at the moment. You go through these stages of trying to figure that out. That hindered me for a long time. The day I changed my name to my actual real name — Kendrick Lamar — and told my true story, that’s when I started getting the looks and the ears that I wanted.”
Loud Quality was able to film some footage of the talk (the Kapernick portion comes about 4 minutes into the interview.) Check out the footage below.