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Kendrick Lamar Talks Being Inspired By Jay Z & Entertainers Being Role Models In Jet Cover Story


(AllHipHop News) Kendrick Lamar is set to have a pretty big week. The TDE emcee is up for seven Grammys at tomorrow night’s (1/26) awards ceremony, and the Hip Hop superstar will also grace the upcoming cover of Jet.

The headline for the magazine’s Black History Month Special Edition is “Can Kendrick Lamar Save Hip Hop?” In an exclusive interview, K. Dot talks about entertainers’ roles as social leaders and shares some of the people that have served as inspirations in his life.

[ALSO READ: Kendrick Lamar & Macklemore Up For Album Of The Year & Best New Artist Grammys]

“Hip Hop plays a huge part in Black history,” states Lamar. “It’s bigger than music. Entertainers are actually leading a generation today as role models, whether they want to or not.”

Besides mentioning civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King and members of his own family like his father and his uncles, the Black Hippy member also points out another rap star as someone who provides a blueprint for his career.

“People forget that Jay Z is from the projects – but that inspires me,” said Lamar. “If this guy can go from the streets to the corporate world, that lets me know I’m open for anything.”

Kendrick also recognizes the role he plays for his fans, and he discusses why he focuses on the messages he presents in his music.

“The songs aren’t for me,” he says. “They are for that person who needs to hear them. People who live their lives to this music. So I take it a little further than just coming up with a clever line.”

The rest of Kendrick Lamar’s Jet interview can be read in the February 17th issue arriving on newsstands January 27th.

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  • Black Jay

    Any Black person that says there’s nothing to gain from Jay Z’s movement from the projects to the corporate world is blind. Although you may not agree with Jigga’s lyrics or his politics, seeing a dude go from Marcy to repping professional athletes is pretty damned impressive. Glad to see that Kendrick Lamar recognizes positive influences like Jay.

    • Pierre Elliott

      I DONT AGREE WITH THIS PROJECTS TO RICHES MENTALITY.

      SIMPLY FOR THE FACT.

      I WASNT RAISED IN THE PROJECTS.

      IM TIRED OF THIS GHETTO PROJECT THIS OR THAT.

      GET THE PROJECTS MENTALLY OUT OF YOUR MIND STATE.

      • Troll_E_G

        Its not about the projects but more so making something outta nothing

      • Pierre Elliott

        yup there you go

      • ImFred ImRico

        I’m not from the projects either but you gotta look at the big picture. When someone makes it against all odds you gotta salute. it’s inspirational in my opinion. no offense but … “if you can’t respect that your whole perspective is wack”

      • Black Jay

        I don’t think anybody on here said that they were advocates of the projects. But your inability to see what happens to the average person living in the projects says a lot about your world view (or lack thereof). People living in the projects rarely make it to Jigga’s level. Hell, middle class and upper class folks rarely make it to his level. Okay, You weren’t raised in the projects. Cool. But unless you’ve achieved what he has achieved then almost anyone (living in the projects, suburbs, or in wealth) has to acknowledge the high degree of skill it takes to make the moves he’s making. GET THAT HATERISM OUT OF YOUR MIND STATE.

      • Pierre Elliott

        Let me tell you something dog. Both of my daughters moms is from Marcy Projects–I know the hood doggy.
        But after a while you don’t wanna hear it.

        WE ALREADY KNOW WE IN THE HOOD JUST LOOK AROUND——but you don’t have to ADVERTISE it just to say you’re AUTHENTIC

        SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND CREATIVE GREATS OF MUSIC TV AND ART WERE FROM DEEP IN THE GHETTO–

        BUT THEY DIDNT USE IT OR ADVERTISE IT AS A MEANS TO SAY: IM A BLACK PERSON IN AMERICA–

        IM GIVING YOU A REAL EXP BECAUSE IM FROM THE GHETTO AND THAT *ALONE* MAKES ME MORE COMPELLING THAN ANOTHER BLACK PERSON FROM OUTSIDE THE GHETTO.

        I know some dudes who were born into money but they act complete hood, live in the hood dress hood and act hood.
        I don’t know what to call that—a lifestyle choice or ignorance
        or insanity.

        Our elders called it: GHETTOS OF THE MIND.

        THINK ABOUT THAT BEFORE YOU EVER SAY IM A HATER.

        YOURE A DICK RIDER WHO DONT KNOW SHlT—–

        GO BACK TO 106 and Park

        And trust me player I get money—–but even those projects are not much hood anymore, you know why?

        because of JAY you got asian kids taking pictures of Marcy Projects like its a shrine, when it isn’t. Its where people who AINT got money LIVE. Jay didn’t do nothing for BRKYN

        cause if you lived here YOU WOULD KNOW HE AINT DO SHlT

      • Black Jay

        First of all, let’s clarify something. You wrote the following…
        “GET THE PROJECTS MENTALLY OUT OF YOUR MIND STATE” (I think you were trying to say ‘mentality’ but who the f*ck knows). With that statement you came at me first. You don’t know sh*t about my mentality playa so that statement was taken in a negative light. Don’t get mad when a dude comes back at you and calls you a HATER because I’m only responding to your negative sh*t. Don’t send it if you don’t want to catch it.

        As far as my opinion versus your opinion…. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want. I don’t know sh*t about your life and I haven’t walked a single step in your shoes. And the same goes for me. You don’t know sh*t about me either. So let’s keep it moving. If we can’t have opposing opinions without someone attacking someone then dead it. It’s not worth my time or energy. Do you.

      • Pierre Elliott

        NO ONE ATTACKED YOU.

        AND ACTUALLY JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WITH NO POINT YOU HAVE NO POINT..

      • Black Jay

        Just let it go dude. I ain’t hearing sh*t you gotta say. Move on…

      • Pierre Elliott

        BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *PENALTY* 5 YARDS FOR BULLSHlT

        YOURE THE HATER, YOU CALLED ME A HATER FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN TO SAY IT.

        IM NOT A TROLL OR ANYTHING BUT HAVE A POINT YOU ARE MAKING, AND IF YOU DONT KNOW WHATS REALLY GOING ON THEN SHUT THE FCUK UP BEFORE YOU TALK

      • Black Jay

        You see…. This is the number one reason b*tch n*ggas get murdered in these streets. A n*gga tried to be graceful and let it go but your ho ass wanna keep pushing the issue. @PIERRE ELLIOTT….. SHUT YOUR B*TCH ASS UP AND MOVE ON. If you had anything relevant to say brothers would be cosigning you. Look at the comments on this entire page. Ain’t nobody riding with you on nothing you gotta say. NOBODY! Get off your knees and return to your hating. That’s all you’re good for. B*tch n*gga!

      • Pierre Elliott

        I AINT ASKING FOR RIDERS DUMMY———-

        U AN INTERNET TROLL GETTING ALL EMOTIONAL
        ABOUT SHlT—–YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU TALKING BOUT. LMAOOOOO MURDERED IN THE STREETS?!!!

        DUDES LIKE YOU IS FUNNY..

        YOU TALK ABOUT DEATH——–AND AINT EVER SEEN A MURDER SCENE.

        YOU GETTING BUTT HURT ABOUT A PLACE AND LIFESTYLE YOU AINT EVER BEEN TO OR LIVE IN———-

        THEN YOU TALKING BROLIC SHlT LIKE YOU A KILLER.
        WITH YOUR SCREEN PIC ON.

        SHUT UP KID.

        YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN.

    • ThatBostonMan

      Jay Z and Beyonce are both talented but they are extremely materialistic and busy chasing money. In my opinion the paper chase is distracting them from creating the best art.

      Jay Z is a master at creating business deals but why is he hanging out with Obama and others? It helps Obama more than it helps him. He has as much money as he will ever need, so what is he doing it for?

      I could ask the same questions to Beyonce. She has deals with Pepsi for what? She doesn’t need the money so why is she doing that? She never had a good explanation for why she would promote something like that because it’s like athletes promoting cigarette smoking. Drinking Pepsi isn’t what made Beyonce a success.

      • Black Jay

        ATTENTION!!!! FLAMETHROWER ALERT!!!!

        I’m not sure of your race or what ethnicity you represent but….

        SOME BLACK PEOPLE BE ON SOME SH*T SOMETIMES!!!!
        We have got to be the only race that consistently puts someone from our race down as soon as they crack that door of success.

        When it was Obama getting elected it was on some “Oh, but he’s being controlled by White People.”
        When it’s Oprah it’s on some, “Oh, but she a sell out.”
        When it’s Jay Z it’s on some, “Oh, all he cares about is money.He’s Illuminati.”
        When it’s Lebron it’s on some, “Oh, he just left Cleveland because he can’t lead a team and build a championship from the ground up.”

        I love my Black People but….

        MAN….. F*CK SOME OF Y’ALL BLACK FOLKS!!!!

        Warren Buffet ain’t getting pulled down and dissed by White People because he’s making money. Bill Gates ain’t being called materialistic and a f*cking sell out by his peoples and that dude is THE RICHEST MAN ON EARTH!!!!

        Some of y’all be having that “crab in a bucket” mentality. Instead of praising and giving props, you’d rather have a dude in a soup kitchen or on the corner selling rocks. And then you’d have the audacity to call him a REAL N*GGA.

        Jay Z is getting money. And maybe he is materialistic. But ain’t no way he’s done more to hurt your hood than the local McDonald’s. And I don’t see no long line of REAL N*GGAS there protesting that. The only people I see are those in line for a Big Mac.

        THIS WHOLE SH*T IS ABOUT POWER. WHO HAS IT AND WHO WANTS IT.

        Some of y’all can’t see the positive in anything because in your own insignificant lives, you’re powerless. You are that rat in a maze. You’re just mad at those that figured sh*t out. But that’s a regular theme in the Black Community. We all want to run sh*t and get jealous of others that have found their own joy.

        SOME OF MY BLACK PEOPLES BE ON SOME SH*T!

      • Pierre Elliott

        DOG PEOPLE DONT WANNA HEAR IT——
        THESE ARE CONSUMERS, THEY DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES INTO THIS WORLD.

        IVE LIVED IT.

        THEY WATCH TV SHOWS TALKING ABOUT IT
        TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS

  • He’s a great artist, but too “normal” of a entertainer to save Hip Hop. If Nas can’t do it, why would Kendrick be able to? To be honest, on the grand scale whether you like him or not. Jay Z still holds the highest regard for Hip Hop music for the simple fact that he continues to elevate the art form to higher levels that the average rap artist just can’t get across. He’s a project nigga that can make Warren Buffet sit and talk with him…#Gangsta

    • Pierre Elliott

      WRONG.

    • Malik

      He didn’t make Warren Buffett have a sit down with him, Lyor Cohen did that, to promote the Jay Z brand which he eats off of. If you’re going to cite an example, be enlightened about what you speak on.

      Furthermore, Jay from the get go let it be known he came into the game to hustle the game, he did what he had to do to get what he wanted & to get where he wanted.

      But listening to Kendrick, he doesn’t seem to have the same priorities as Jay and there’s only so far you can go if you’re not ready to do anything and everything to get to the top of the money chain.

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  • RapItUp

    The ROC’s in here!

    • acapwn

      Sit your retarded ass down.

  • hoeyuno

    Nope! But his ears can pick up am radio and sometimes local tv stations.

    • SBRon

      Big chuckle on that shit!!

  • No ONE MAN alone can SAVE HIP HOP.

    • one man can save other artists to help labels want to sign them because of Kendricks success

  • I give props to anyone dropping music relevant to our everyday lives. Much respect to Kendrick. As long as he keeps the mindset he currently has, I can only see that man continuing to prosper artistically.

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  • save hiphop from what? it’s immortal right?

  • Pierre Elliott

    NO HE CANT—— HE DOESNT HAVE THE VERSATILITY TO SAVE IT.

    MUCH LESS DO HIS OWN MUSIC———-

    A NEW STYLE IS ABOUT TO EMERGE——ONE THAT TRULY HARKENS BACK TO REAL HIP HOP——-BUT INNOVATES AND CREATES SOMETHING NEW.

    LYRICS CAN NOT SAVE HIP HOP OR RAP MUSIC—

    ITS THE BEAT—THE MUSIC THE SOUL, THE ABILITY TO CONVEY YOUR EMOTIONS THROUGH MUSIC AND YOUR SOUL..

    IT WILL NOT COME FROM THE WEST———–OR THE SOUTH BUT THE EAST.

    IVE SEEN THE NEW STYLE—-CAUSE I CREATED IT.

    AND LAMARR ISNT HIP HOP——- HE IS RAP MUSIC.

    EVEN BLACK PEOPLE DONT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

    • GQ

      Insane Relickk I heard your music. Keep working

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  • Nothing is wrong with hip hop….its a hell of alot wrong with what mainstream CALL hip hop…its 95 percent watered down…and kendrick cant save that and no one can….just contribute to that 5%

    • ThatBostonMan

      Kendrick is mainstream hip hp. How is he going to save hip hop when he’s a mainstream creation?

  • ihatefaggots

    What is this midget saving hip hop from.

  • SwerveBitch

    This nigga haven’t dropped one damn track since his album came out….thats not characteristics of a king

    • reg joe

      Actually I bought his new mix tape last week. Catch up or shut up.

  • ThatBostonMan

    Kendrick is being hyped up behind the scenes and that makes me not want to buy his album. It’s the Lebron James effect. They are making him the king of rap without giving him the chance to earn the title.

    Kendrick is part of the commercial record company machine. He has talent but so does everyone else. No one should be getting this much hype on their first album.

    • Young Goku

      But Nas did when he dropped Illmatic…..

      • Opposite Of Everyone

        there wasn’t so much of a corporate machine behind that shit then, Nas’s hype was at street level.

      • Young Goku

        You’re absolutely right!

    • Opposite Of Everyone

      couldnt agree more. I loved the album and was actually the first new album that I could listen through – from beginning to end (apart from 2 tracks) repeatedly – for years! Unfortunately all the hype has actually put me off and tuned me out to him n it’s had the effect of making me think he believes the hype himself.

    • Pierre Elliott

      so right..

    • Obi Won

      Do you actually listen to the dude?

  • FRUKOH

    NO HE CANT SAVE HIP HOP.

  • pauleyPee

    Why are people so damn worried. A little perspective: hip-hop developed out of a set of block parties in 1972-73. At 20 years later it emerged as a billion dollar industry. At 40 years old it’s the most dominant form of music in America; generating the most influence amongst genres.

    We should want this thing to improve. Sure. But outside of that? what the fu** are people so damn worried about? This thing came out of the Bronx like a bat out of hell and look what it’s doing. The only problem with hip-hop is that many of it’s followers lack perspective. Talk about missing the forest from the trees. Smh.

    Let Kendrick have his crown… In hip-hop it’s temporary until you’ve been to the heights of a Jay-Z, anyway. And he knows like we know that there’s years more work to be done. So let the man have his night. And in the meantime, wake up to what hip-hop is still doing. Because we’ve come along way from 1520 Sedgwick Avenue.

  • i’mreloaded!

    Happy anytime a Black man can live out his dream and do something positive wit his life. Good job Kendrick and good luck at da Grammys.

  • matown2

    Hip Hop cant be saved no matter how many Kendricks ascend to the top, cause at the end of the day he is still jus a rapper he doenst run Interscope records, jus like Jay Z dont run Def jam, they dont make the rules so they jus players.

  • Afi Keita James

    He can, if he can turn it around even further, otherwise he can’t.

  • Mitch

    Who said it needed saving? Its still alive and kicking, The media conglomerates that run the TV stations, record labels, and radio stations just choose to shove POP music with very little substance down the throats of the masses. Hip Hop is alive and well throughout the world, you just gotta do a little digging,

  • Lorenzo Middleton

    As far as “saving” substance-lacking Hip Hop from reaching the masses, I’d say no. I don’t think any rapper signed to a major label can…no matter how lyrically talented. I believe quality Hip Hop reaching the masses has to be done at an independent level where the artist has the freedom of creativity and the omission of time restraints.

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  • Papi Peligro

    He did have some mean verses in 2013. Saving hiphop he ain’t doing nothing no different than anybody else just better.

  • Norf_Norf

    trolling this dude damn he good but not he marketable

  • brotha_man

    become a teacher!!!

  • brotha_man

    your co workers mother in law is a prostitute

  • $18916246

    No…

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  • Obi Won

    The problem with this is KDOT has always had positive messages in his music, and to say an artist like son is part of the corporate machine is bologna. Its the attention that Kendrick is getting from EVERYONE, that people cant seem to take. Grammys, emmys, Magazine covers, it all looks like another watered down commercial artist. People to this day STILL think Swimming Pools is another pop lets get drunk song. And that’s dudes biggest hit. That other watered down song Poetic Justice featuring Drake, is the weakest on the album.

    It never fails, its like we always want our favorite artist to get shine when they are coming up, but when they get to much shine, they’re commercial sell outs. Kendrick’s music hasn’t changed a bit to me.

    Its the machine that saying Kendrick is the hip hop savior, NOT the listeners, I remember the same exact thing was said about J Cole. He was supposed to be the new Nas. We never called him that, some clown that doesn’t even listen to hip hop said it and put it in a magazine.

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