In a video interview with Hard Knock TV producer/rapper Terrace Martin spoke on working with fellow artists Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar before their music invaded the mainstream and what he’s learned from the two artists when it comes to being successful.
Martin shared that both Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar didn’t reach fame because of any huge cosigns, but rather with their hard work ethic.
“I’m proud of ‘em man. They didn’t do it the shortcut way,” Martin explained when asked about Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, and other successful artists he’s worked with. “They came about at a time where people was there to believe you had to have a huge cosign to be successful in this business. And Wiz Khalifa did it without [that]. He did it ground roots. Wiz Khalifa did it like a blues band. A blues band records a demo and goes on the road and sells demos at every spot in a little van with a trailer. He did it like that. The same thing with Kendrick. Kendrick was flying. And Kendrick got his buzz by just being good. It’s no secret to it. You’re dope you’ll fly. If you work hard you’ll fly. And he’s flying right now. Them two cats is flying right now.”
Martin went on to explain that he feels like he has a strong bond with both Khalifa and Lamar because of the fact that they were working with each other when no one else was.
“The thing that makes all three of our bonds special is that we all was dealing with each other when nobody was talking about [us]. Nobody was talking about it,” said Martin. “And Wiz is actually the one that set me down and kinda said ‘Terrace if you have a laptop in front of your face there’s no excuse why you should not be successful.’ Cause I asked him, ‘How do you do it?’ I wanna know how did you do this…And it’s no secret to success. Work hard.”