Mike Epps Gives Kendrick Advice, Says Industry Intimidated By Real Talent [VIDEO]

Mike Epps is smart. Really smart. And while the actor/comedian, best known for movie roles in the Friday and The Hangover trilogies, is quick to point out his lack of formal education, it doesn’t take long to realize that this Def Comedy Jam veteran is equipped with 21 years of industry wisdom. We spent two days with Epps, during a hectic New York PR blitz, as he talked about everything from his upcoming dramatic acting roles to the recent Kendrick/Macklemore Grammy controversy, in which the Indianapolis native, and part-time rapper, had some words of advice for Mr. Lamar.

Mike Epps: “I think the business is intimidated by independent people, intimidated by people with real talent, you know, I think the business likes fluff, and they like, they basically like people they can control—situations they can control, people they can control. They like the commercial shit versus what’s really real.

All I can say to people like Kendrick Lamar is to stay strong, stay being you, and the people was riding with you anyway. I guess people get through with their five minutes of fame or their 10 minutes of fame, you know it’s a marathon not a race. You’ll find yourself getting to the finish line in the end anyway.”

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  • john

    Thats funny he says there scared of independent,macklemore sold all his units independently.he clearly has no idea what he’s is talking about.

    • Nate

      i don’t think he meant ‘independent from a major label’, but independent from the typical rappers who need to take a photo of every chain and watch they own, (your Meek Mill’s, Rick Ross’)… he grew up in the hood, witnessed it all but wasn’t slanging and doesn’t smoke, all the fake niggas making radio tracks, all the lyrically weak hip hop artists. In essence, he’s independent from all the bullshit, wack shit, cliche shit that encompasses the hip hop game these days. he’s doing his own thing with a load of a talent and the sky’s the limit for him.

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  • real

    yeah yeah johny…