Kendrick Lamar: Killin’ Rappers On Their Own Ish

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    Kendrick Lamar: Killin' Rappers On Their Own Ish
    Kendrick Lamar has made the most of his opportunities in 2011. After a co-sign from Dr. Dre late in 2010, the Compton native continued to build momentum in the new year, following up a March <em>XXL</em> Freshmen cover with July's critically-acclaimed album <em>Section.80</em>. Quickly, the Top Dawg Ent. rhymer became widely regarded as one of the game's elite lyricists, earning guest spots alongside rappers and exciting fans with each new verse. <em>XXL</em> already had K. Dot break down his impressive <em>Take Care</em> feature, but now, as the 24-year-old gets ready to headline <em>XXL</em>'s NYC showcase tonight (December 19), he breaks down six of his most impressive guest spots since the release of <em>Section.80</em>. —<em>As told to Adam Fleischer</em>
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    <strong>Mack Maine and Birdman's “B Boyz” (with Ace Hood)</strong><br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/xQ6RlszHtBM?version=3&hl=en_US&start15"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/xQ6RlszHtBM?version=3&hl=en_US&start15"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br /><p>I was in Miami. I did a show in Miami and Mack Maine reached out andtold me shoot through the studio. I really just came over there tokick it, say what's up, and bounce outta there. But Mack Maine, he'slike, Shit, we puttin' this project out, you wanna hop on something? Iwas like, Fuck it, I rap. You put on some hard shit, I'm finna rockout to it. He put on the beat, and I just went it. He didn't playnobody's verses or nothin'. I just went in and did me. That's what Ireally do. I just do what I feel like at the moment. It ain't aboutpeeling somebody off—because I'm gonna come with that mindstateanyway. Even if I don't hear you on a record, I'm gonna put my best onit, not because you put your best. I'm gonna do me, regardless, and go100 percent with it. You're always judged off of the last thing thatsomebody hears you on—that's something Punch told me a long time ago.It doesn't matter how many dope records you had before; you're lastone—that's what they're gonna remember you by. <br /></p><p>I'm not really [nervous about going over heads]. I went through awhole lot of trial and error, as far as knowing what works for me andwhat people like to hear from me. Tracks like that, I don't want to betoo complex. I just wanna have fun and throw a few words up in therethat got some dope ass rhythm. <br /></p><p>There's a lot of tricks to this shit I've been doing for a whole lotof years and been focusing on. I have a lot of shit in the bag. Thesame way Eminem, he got a lot of tricks and you wonder why you like itbut you don't know why you like it; Jay-Z, you like it, but you don'tknow what makes you really like it. It's one of them things, where asan artist, you stay in that studio and you know what works for you andwhat you can perfect.</p>
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    <strong>Game's “The City”</strong><br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie"value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WC53fokyM8w?version=3&hl=en_US&start225"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/WC53fokyM8w?version=3&hl=en_US&start225"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25"allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br /><p>He just sent me the instrumental for that. I think I went and did alittle bit too many bars. I don't know how many bars it was—maybe 20bars; maybe four bars extra. When I got the instrumental, it felt likethat's what the verse—if you hear it with the beat under it, it feellike a full verse. I think it was too many bars, so what he did, hechopped it up, made it a hook, but also kept my full verse at the end,which I thought was dope, just letting me kill it all the way through.I wasn't even writing that to be a hook. I like it with the verse too.</p><p></p>
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    <strong>Casey Veggies's “Ridin' Roun Town (Remix)” (with C-San and Dom Kennedy)</strong><br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/bPgBZaUtaBk?version=3&hl=en_US&start210"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/bPgBZaUtaBk?version=3&hl=en_US&start210" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br /><p>Casey wanted me to hop on the remix. I did hear his verse. He sent his verse and had an open sixteen for me. I really just wanted to ride the beat on it. I'm not really sayin' nothing in there. Just having fun. Riding around. I gotta stick with the concept. <br /></p><p>I was crackin' up when he said he had to hop back on for the last verse, after I went in. You gotta have that competitive spirit. That's what keeps the music at an all-time high. Much respect to Casey for even saying that on the record—it let's me know, shit, he's hungry just like me. </p>
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    <strong>9th Wonder's “Enjoy” (with Murs and Warren G)</strong><br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jwHbGuFVY40?version=3&hl=en_US&start130"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jwHbGuFVY40?version=3&hl=en_US&start130" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br />9th just sent me the instrumental. I did what I felt the beat wanted me to do on it. A lot of these times, nobody never really sends their verse in. I just do what I wanna do on it. Then it gives me a space to just do me and not be constricted by what somebody else has done on it. I didn't hear the finished version until it came out. I heard Murs and Warren G were on it and I was like, OK, that's dope. They came off hard, too.
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    <strong>Smoke DZA's “Ball Game”</strong><br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4NtSziWxPHo?version=3&hl=en_US&start70"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4NtSziWxPHo?version=3&hl=en_US&start70" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br />I did that in L.A. It was last minute. DZA had sent it through, and I had just enough time to hop on that muthafucka. He blessed me with that joint. He sent his verse, and when I heard the beat, it's just one of them feel good beats. Talking about ball game, game is over—do you. A lot of these verses don't be that intricate. And I <em>rap</em>. So if something's not that intricate, I'm gonna flip as many times and have fun with it. To me, that's the easiest thing to do: to not have a concept. I could probably write them type of verses in ten, fifteen minutes. Just off the practice I've put in over the years and knowing what to say. That's natural. That's some freestyle on the corner shit.
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    <strong>Omen's “The Look Of Lust”</strong><br /><object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/a1LPacJeS5A?version=3&hl=en_US&start95"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/a1LPacJeS5A?version=3&hl=en_US&start95" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br />This was probably the last intricate verse I did. That was one that was pretty dope. Where the song is about going through the temptations of a woman, and trying to fight them temptations. That was me sitting down and actually going with the concept—which I think is dope that he sent me a record like that. I heard his verse on there before I went in.
  • http://reverbnation.com/spydathacannon Spyda Tha Cannon

    Fuck dude, learn to edit what you write before posting it. K Dot’s shit is cool but not the person writing it. “feellike”, “hechopped”, “likethat’s” dammit…

  • makka sotobe

    warren g sounding really good

  • blah

    He’s dope, but so overrated. This is not Canibus in ’96 BE REAL!

  • GoGoMicFiend

    Kendrick is someone you can identify with on a human level, Canibus just spits bars, Kendrick is on another level.

  • Pugz

    K.Dot killed everyone on these tracks. His verses on Enjoy, The City, and Ridin Round Town… gahdamn… he kills everything tbh.

  • blah

    GoGoMicFiend, I know you can’t identify with ‘Bis, I’m just saying as far as killing rappers on their own tracks, in ’96/’97 nobody could deny Canibus, I don’t feel Kendrick is THAT dope

  • http://www.163.com/ WOW GOLD I LIKE

    MicFiend, I know you can’t identify with ‘Bis, I’m just saying as far as killing rappers on their own tracks, in ’96/’97 nobody could deny Canibus, I don’t feel Kendrick is THAT dope