Kendrick Lamar recently graced the music cover of ESPN the magazine. In the feature, Lamar links with NBA star Chris Paul for a tandem interview. In the interview, the two chop it up about everything from Lamar’s “Control” verse to Jay-Z‘s impact in sports.
When asked about the now infamous verse, Paul said he immediately hit up K.Dot once he heard it for the first time.
“When I heard [Lamar’s ‘Control’] verse, I immediately texted him and told him how crazy it was,” Paul says. “Competition is what keeps you going. When I played against Steve Nash the first time, the night before, I couldn’t sleep. He’d just won MVP, and I couldn’t wait to compete against him. Now, it’s funny, I’m nine years into the league, and there are so many great young point guards in our league. They’re coming for me like I was going for Nash. It’s competition — it’s why we do this.”
Kendrick then chimed in on the importance of competition in the game of Hip Hop.
“It’s very important,” he says regarding the competitive spirit. “It only helps the craft. If you’re making good music, I want to make good music, too. I want to be right there at that level. If you always have this competitive nature, as far as upping our game, the people will always be happy. The music will live forever.”
The interview went on to discuss Hip Hop and sports and how the two actually have a lot of in common. Lamar had this to say about the subject:
“Hip Hop and being a pro athlete go hand in hand,” Lamar says. “When they come together, it’s a win, not just for your business brand but also for culture. I always use the word ‘culture,’ because that’s first — everything else falls behind it. When they see that this guy loves rap the way he does, and this guy loves basketball like he does, the business is gonna flow behind it.
Check out the video interview HERE .