Taylor Swift surprised a lot of people when it was revealed in her Rolling Stone cover story that the pop star knows every word to Kendrick Lamar's "Backseat Freestyle." After being blasted by members of the hip-hop community for what many deemed to be an offensive music video for her song, "Shake It Off," the news that Swift is a legitimate fan of Kendrick Lamar caught people off guard. The Associated Press tracked down K.Dot on Saturday night while he was in Atlanta and asked the West Coast MC what he thinks of Swift.

“Some people always try to lock it down and categorize it for one particular listener,” Lamar told the AP over the weekend. “But it moves all, even people from other genres. I appreciate Taylor Swift for supporting not only my music but just the hip-hop culture. There’s really no gap. It’s music and it feels good.”

Kendrick is clearly looking past the fact that Taylor Swift is likely seen as a fish out of water when it comes to hip-hop and realizes that for someone like Swift to recognize him as an artist shows just how far hip-hop has come.

“I remember when I used to perform in front of 200 people,” Kendrick said. “Now, it’s a sea of people. I’m glad to see the growth here. It speaks volumes about the hip-hop culture.”