GQ Crowns Kendrick Lamar ‘Rapper Of The Year’
Does he deserve the title and crown? We think so. As the King of the West Coast – and the unofficial King of New York, Kendrick Lamar has come a long way in the last few months. The Huffington Post recently wrote about him being Rapper of the Year and we want to know what you think.
Here’s a quote from the interview:
“I was coming from a late studio session, sleeping on Mom’s couch. I’m 26 now — it wasn’t that long ago. I remember being tired, tripping from the studio, lying down, and falling into a deep sleep and seeing a vision of Pac talking to me. Weirdest shit ever. I’m not huge on superstition and all that shit. That’s what made it so crazy. It can make you go nuts. Hearing somebody that you looked up to for years saying, ‘Don’t let the music die.’ Hearing it clear as day. Clear as day. Like he’s right there. Just a silhouette.”
The visit from Pac changed Kendrick’s connection to the world he was chronicling in his music and compelled him to think more carefully about who was listening to it. “It wasn’t just about money, hos, clothes, drinkin’,” he explains. “I mean, I come from that world, but at the same time, I started to realize that there’s people out there that can’t really connect to that lifestyle. They’re in the struggle.”