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Hip-Hop Rumors: Is Kendrick Lamar The New “King Of The West?”

According to Kendrick Lamar, his mentors, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, have dubbed him the new “King of the West Coast.”

Really?! Has Kendrick Lamar impressed that much that he is now heir to the West Coast throne? Hmmm. Check out what Kendrick recently said about the impressive title on BETs “106 & Park.”

“I know I’m ready. I know it’s a lot of responsibility, but at the same time, I put that pressure on myself.” “The first time I picked up that pen, I knew I got a legacy to carry on. My forefathers in front of me—Snoop, Dre, Game.”

Kendrick’s debut album, good kid m.A.A.d city, isn’t due out until October 2, and he admits that he still has alt more grinding to do before he can accept that title.

“I’m so honored and privileged, but at the same time, I know that them words can only go as far as I let them,” he continued. “I gotta put that grind and that work ethic in.

So will Dre, Game, or Snoop Lion be on his debut?

“I’m selfish on this album. It’s all me,” said Lamar.

Check out Kendrick Lamar’s second single, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, below:

You can catch him on tour next month with the BET Music Matters tour.

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  • Kendrick has been “King of the West”; Dre, Snoop, and other legends surprised him onstage a year ago and passed him the torch.

    • MadVillain

      i really dont feel this cat is “king of the west” but hey atleast he didnt give himself the title unlike a certain SELF PROCLAIMED “king of the south” smh

    • daveofthematthews

      Funny as it was a publicity stunt you act like they knighted him or some ish. King of the west is a bullshit title anyway it’s a mainstream thing, it should actually be based on who you personally think has the most talent. to me Crooked surpasses all of them by a million miles and i love Dre, Snoop, Game, E-40 Nippsey and all these people who’s names are being mentioned but Bar for Bar syllable for Syllable even metaphor for metaphor Crooked is more talented.

  • NyCPrime

    I.m.o Crooked I is arguably the “King of the West Coast”. They got that kinda crooked. (pun intended though) lol Oh & f*#k Yolo… It’s Yaowa all day!

    • Blackstallion777

      King is a title passed down. No one has passed it to Crooked. It can be cause of hate or it could be because of lack of an actually official album release minus a few itune and free downloads, who knows. But Kendrick is the new face of the Coast right now.

      • NyCPrime

        I concur (with it maybe being hate) my g but in all actuality, who in the West has built a name for themselves without an actual album release & was considered to represent the best rap group out right now. His lyrical ability & flow is immaculate & his bars are simply genius. Crooks been in the game long enough & when we speak about real hip hop, not that “skip bop” BS, Crooked is a force. For all my real hip hop heads, ya know where I’m getting at. I judge by skills not by numbers. I put my stacks on the West Coast savior anytime.

      • Blackstallion777

        He is one of the most skilled, but Kendrick is also highly skilled and has worked his butt off. He went from being Jay Rock’s home boy, to being a star in his own right before he even had an official label release. Kendrick has earned his stripes. And he’s done it without being a gimmick rapper.

    • johnblacksad

      Guerilla Black is the “King of the West Coast” (i’m talkin since Pac died, of course)

  • immackulate

    bullshyt … the niggah flow is BORING @ best
    i’ve yet to hear something that made me WANNA LISTEN

    • Tony G.

      so write something better

      • immackulate

        must have struck or nerve or something – you invested in my opinion a little too much BABY GIRL …
        find something worth responding to and i just might …

      • Nothing is worth responding to because nobody wants to hear you.

      • immackulate

        you little nuthuggers just hopped on my zipper – UNGODLY –
        yeah kendrick is going no where just like the other AFTERMATH artists that was deemed THE W/C SAVIOUR

    • johnblacksad

      “Determined”… if you don’t like that one, then i won’t insist no more with Kendrick… lol

  • immackulate

    i just pressed >PLAY on Swimming Pools – the chorus was better than the 16’s

    • thuglifefukdapolice

      NA THAT BOY GOT SOME LYRICS IF U DONT THINK HE GOT LYRICS GO LISTEN TO HEAVEN N HELL/ WORLD NEGATIVES/RONALD REGAN ERA/ JAY ROCK HOOD GONNA LOVE IT KENDRIC GOT LYRICS

  • Brian Andrew Smith

    sydney, how dumb are you? How is this his debut album? Heard of Overly Dedicated? Or Section.80? I’m pretty sure that makes this his third record. SMMFH

  • kstaxx

    Kendrick Lamar is one of those rappers who no doubt is a great lyricist he will not be successful in the rap game simply because even with all that lyrical ability he has, he still cant make hit records jus like Slaughterhouse, which in the end is all that counts in the music industry no matter what genre of music it is from R&B to Rock n Roll, to Country music, thats the way the music buisness is.

    • umm that swimming pool jawn better then any thing i heard released this year. 1000 times better then any rick ross recycled grunt to a beat that sounds like every other beat hes on.

      • thuglifefukdapolice

        SWIMMING POOS IS WACK IM JUS KEEPING IT REAL JAY ROCK SONG CHECKMATE THE BEST SONG I HEARD FROM TDE THIS YEAR THE WHOLE DAMN TDE

      • Nemesis_Enforcer

        Swimming Pools is cool and I appreciate Kendrick for his originality and subject matter. But get out of here saying he better than anything Ross does. Ross may be a fat, lying, cornball but you can’t deny his music is dope when he on that soulful tip

      • fat, lying, cornball… ummm do u listen yo urself?? lol ross beats all sound the same… rhymes ant special its not some multi syllable lyrical cool stuff or dope punchlines… lets be real here… ross got one thing.. ONE thing.. a cool voice. lol.. thats it.

      • L.j. TrillaGeez

        he is i credit him that!! but to compair him to ross is retarded! U dont compair rappers to MC’S cause rappers are for the mainstream and MC’s will forever stay relevent. Once Ross mainstream appeal burns out whats next?? A concious way of rappin? No you couldnt picture Ross going from Dope Boy to back pack rappin.. Bottom line being Hot at the moment doesnt make you better than any other artist, its what kind of music your making when that mainstream light dies out. Think About It

      • MadVillain

        word? the best thing you heard this year? damn lol… i hope thats an exaggeration

      • well mostly from the mainstream ish…

      • L.j. TrillaGeez

        concept and lyrics wise it is!! Dat Nigga Kendrick is dat dude Flatout

    • daveofthematthews

      You do have a point but that is if you consider the best on the west title to be based on sales rather than respect of other artists, just following what the mainstream media would have you believe your probably right, it’s called “Dumbing down” and it applies to everybody and this culture itself.

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  • Sosa_Limone

    this is kind of old… like december they had a concert with snoop, dre, game and kendrick… they had some kind of ceromony and talked about how dre passe the torch to snoop, snoop passed it to game and game passed it to kendrick… lol i read about it on this site actually

  • King Cold

    damn yall late as hell….smh. kendrick does have what it takes tho especially with the fire hes been bringing

  • dude need to come out the closet !

    opinionguy2011 com

  • Q.

    Kendrick wasn’t dubbed “King of the West” because of his ability to make hit records.

    Dre, Snoop, Game, et al. recognized a LIGHT in this kid that they themselves didn’t have the MIND and HEART to express in their own music. Think about that.

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    KENDRIC IS A DOPE MC BUT SWIMMING POOLS JUST DROWNED HIM IN MY BOOK THIS THE WACKEST SONG I HEARD FROM HIM

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    SONG MAKE NO SENSE THIS SONG IS JUST GOT LYRICS IN IT THE VIDEO DONT EVEN HAVE A MESSAGE THE CHORUS THE VERSES KENDRIC DISAPPOINTING MEI THOUGHT HE WAS THE 1 I GUESS HIP HOP IS DEAD 4 REAL

    • Blackstallion777

      clearly you didn’t really listen to it

  • thuglifefukdapolice

    YOU CANT BRING BACK HIP HOP IF THE LABELS WONT LET US ALL THE REAL RAPPERS NEED 2 GO INDEPENDANT

  • Nicer Day

    Nipsey Hussle holds that title

    • Blackstallion777

      How does Nipsey hold that title? Who passed Nipsey that title? Nobody, that’s who. I like Nipsey and all, but he lacks versatility and strong lyrical abilities. When it comes to his lyrics, he’s no Kendrick, no Crooked I, no Game even, or Mistah Fab

      • LOL, Versatility you say??? Might want to listen to TMC bruh. Who Detached us? Love? even the tracks he has been doing with Rick Ross, Tity Boi, and Dorrough, Nipsey killing the game…

      • Blackstallion777

        I have listened to those tracks. “Who Detached Us” is one of my favorite tracks by him. He just hasn’t done it consistently. He is improving though which I like very much, but he stills has some work to do.

  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    Who want’s to BE Kendrick Lamar? That’s what makes a star. When people want to be you, now you have something. That translates into sales. Im uneasy about Interscope’s role. That swimming pools record is cool but until I see how people react to it in the club, it kind of has no purpose. He needs a SMASH!

  • He has talent, but not something that catches me. ( Swimming Pools ) Maybe his other tracks, but if that was a Dre beat, it was….un Dre’ like.

    I doubt he will hold onto the crown that long. There has to be some MC’s out there better, hungrier. No disputing KL’s talent, but “KING” is a played out Title….especially if you can’t “BATTLE”.

    ( Not saying he can or can’t, but if he can’t, expect the next generation to challenge ….sooner, than later.

  • Negro Peligro

    Alright I’m gone hip everybody to what they doing with the SYDNEY RUMORS. Someone buys promotion saying they want to get they artist name out their. So they pay SYDNEY to drop some pointless rumor. The other half of the time when the RUMOR IS LEGIT. She done stole it from somewhere else. THIS RUMOR WAS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR CAUSE DUDE GOT AN ALBUM COMING OUT.

  • Negro Peligro

    Game King of the West. I put games first 2 albums up against just about any other west coast album from 2000 on.

    • Blackstallion777

      Games time as King has passed. How do I know? Because Game himself was there and passed it to Kendrick

  • rk3000

    When I first heard swimming pool I thought it was wack. But after really listen to it. Is actually a dope song. I think Kendrick has potential to be a big artist. I’m pretty sure Dre will figure it out.

  • AK

    Way to post one of his worst songs even tho it has a meaning to it and is better then most trash out there if you listen to what his talking about. Kendrick is a genius on the mic and by the look of it got lyrics going over peoples head, TDE running the game if not for kendrick they still got School Boy Q, Ab- Soul, and even Jay Rock coming with doper shit then the rest of the game too.

    • daveofthematthews

      All those guys you just mentioned being “The Black Hippy” movement agreed slaughterhouse are better lyrically, And as Crooked I is a part of that group and the only 1 from the 4 that is from the west i would disagree and say Crooked is better than all of those dudes at least for the moment and even then Horseshoe Gang will be next after Crooked and they will probably be even better still!

  • Bill Bowlin

    Maybe the king of SoCal. E-40 is the best thing the west coast got. Album after album after album.

  • darryl strawberry

    If they going to crown him something crown him king of southern cali because people out here in northern cali where I live do not play his shit for nothin. not in Oakland,richmond,frisco, sacramento,stockton not once have I heard somebody slappin his songs in traffic. look up Hd Of Bearfaced from oakland or Shady Nate now they got real bars

  • so Snoop,Dre and Game but no Cube..

  • johnblacksad

    Isn’t Evidence from the same coast tho?

    “Don’t worry if I write checks, I write rhymes…” !

  • KingChandler

    I can’t explain how excited I am for Kendricks album, even more than before now that I just read that statement “Im being selfish on this album, it’s all me”, rappers need to take notes from this man, standing on your own 2 are a rarity in today’s hip hop scene. Even after a debut I like when an artist keeps the features to a minimum, shit nowadays has gotten out of hand.

  • When I was a really young producer back in like 2006, I worked with him (then known as K-Dot) and J-Rock and they are some truly talented individuals. It’s amazing to see how far he has come and there is no doubt in my mind that he will live up to the title as “The New King of The West”. Kendrick Lamar is the truth.

  • Eazy,Cube,Too Short

  • Been coming to this site for 10 years….first time commenting….and HELL NO, NOT EVEN CLOSE!!! Nipsey is the best in the West Hands down no question…just because Dre has him under the wings, doesn’t mean a thing

  • immackulate

    this niggah SUCK – straight up and down

  • daveofthematthews

    I respect Everybody’s opinion but to me Crooked I is lyrically the most talented out of anyone being mentioned at the moment He ghost wrote for Dre and even Kurupt when he was considered to be one of the best and Kendrick himself admitted Slaughterhouse are the best as far as lyrics go at the moment and Crooked is a big reason for that and besides correct me if i am wrong but surely rapping ability is a pretty big deal if you are considered a rapper! if not your just an over-hyped entertainer.

  • kstaxx

    JetLife (Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, Smoke DZA, & Young Roddy)
    >BETTER THAN
    Black Hippy ”TDE” (Kendrick lamar, Ab Soul Schoolly boy Q, Jay Rock)
    >BETTER THAN
    Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Joel Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I)