(AllHipHop News) Since his arrival as one of the biggest current superstars in Hip Hop, Kendrick Lamar has been compared to fellow West Coast representative Tupac Shakur. On Ab-Soul’s “ILLuminate,” Kendrick even talked about how some people expect him to fill the shoes of the late 2Pac.
Radio and television personality Charlamagne Tha God spoke with Montreality about the comparison between K. Dot and Pac. The host of The Breakfast Club, Brilliant Idiots, and Uncommon Sense thinks it is unfair to compare the two emcees.
“They will never match up. We have to stop doing that to the new guys. We have to stop putting them on the same level as ghosts,” said Charlamagne. “What I mean by ghosts is guys like 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Dr. Dre – those are legendary figures who have already done it. They’ve been through every door that any of these new guys could possibly even think of going through.”
He added, “Tupac Shakur is such a mythical figure that even in his death people question if he’s still alive. In order to get to the level that 2Pac is, Kendrick would have to go through similar situations or situations greater than that, [greater] than death.”
While C Tha God may not feel Kendrick should be placed in the same category as certified legends, Lamar did rap on Big Sean’s “Control” that he was one of the best emcees along with Jay, Nas, Eminem, and Andre 3000. The TDE artist has also repeatedly paid homage to 2Pac, including on the track “Mortal Man” off his Grammy-winning album To Pimp A Butterfly.
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Watch Charlamagne Tha God’s interview below.