Kendrick Lamar gets compared to Nas, almost daily nowadays. Both can clearly tell a story through a verse. With the anniversary of Nas’ “Illmatic“, The Good Kid M.A.A.D. City rapper spoke on the impact of the album on his own music.
“We share somewhat of a similar story just being from a community and not being sucked in by what’s going on around you,” he says in an interview with Google Play. “He’s from the projects. I’m from Compton. I’m sure he’s seen a lot and done a lot. You hear in my music what’s surrounded me and just to be able to elevate your mind alittle bit further passed that through writing is bigger than one song. In order to do that and craft that, it’s on another plane and I wouldn’t have been able to do that if it wasn’t for that album, truthfully.
“Just to know some type of comparison is there, I’m not saying I’m like Nas or like Jay, I want to be Kendrick Lamar, but to just know that I’m on the right plane as far as my subject matter and what he’s talking about and what he’s done with his career, it makes me a little more confident in what I’m doing,”Kendrick Lamar adds.
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