Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Meeting Jay Rock, West Coast Pressure

Rapper Kendrick Lamar says he isn't fazed by West Coast pressure, speaks on being a responsible artist.

As part of’s “Origins Of Excellence” series, writer Andreas Hale spoke with Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar about responsibility in music, West Coast pressure, and fellow rapper Jay Rock.

The interview kicked off with Kendrick speaking on the heir of responsibility he feels he has as a Hip Hop artist with a younger generation, including younger siblings, looking up to him.

“Most importantly I know that I have a lot of responsibility on my back. My family is really looking up to me to be the one to actually put our history on a pedestal because man we just had nothing but negativity as far as past generations goes,” Kendrick explained. “I’m the first to really come out and do something real positive. Make us look good. Not as me being selfish but as far as my little brothers and my younger cousins. Do something for them.”

When asked about West Coast pressure Kendrick revealed that he doesn’t feel any pressure from anyone because of the fact that both himself and others know what he’s capable of musically.

“There’s no pressure because I know what I’m capable of. I think they know what I’m capable of. I worked hard enough to where I can say I’ve developed my craft. Where I can compete amongst the elite.  And continue to make positive music in a creative space that I enjoy,” said Kendrick.

Towards the end of the interview Kendrick spoke on his relationship with rapper Jay Rock, their chance meeting at a studio, and how quickly things fell into place from there.

“I know I ran into Jay Rock a lot of times because I went to a school in Compton, a high school called Centennial. And Jay Rock used to come up there and beat up on nigga’s and shit like that…It just so happened we was in the studio that I had went to one day, fell in, we did our record like the next day,” the rapper explained. “It was God willing and after that Ab-Soul fell in, Q fell in. It was just one of them things man where it was inevitable. Talent was blowing up in there and it seemed like it just attracted more talent and we knew what to do with it. And now we just branding our own individual acts, you know what I mean, as they own entity.”

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  • Anonymous

    Westcoast version of Elzhi, these niggas doing it right now!!!

  • rubenito

    no1 mentions YG lololol...no1 mentions odd future either

  • Anonymous

    he look happy wit life man... that nigga prolly been thru so much shit in life... that a cool ass story though

  • Up North

    KL is bigger than his coast. Good music is good music no matter where you come from. Personally, I think hip hop got fucked up when artists spent more time trying to rep where they from as opposed to just repping themselves.

  • adrijanl

    Hiii Power Remix!!

  • Kevandre RackedUp Thompson

    Section 80 the hottest shit out right now Kush and Corinthians A.D.H.D. Blow my high and HiiPower ..... SOUL!

  • Nick Crookshank

    Picked up Section.80 last weekend. I'm blown away. This guy is good.

  • Christian Schicke

    I want a new above the law album!!

  • Anonymous

    jay rock and kendrick lamar are the new west....they on another level compared to artists such as nipsey hussle,glasses malone,40 glocc... etc. now dont get me wrong i got all the artists albums/mixtapes i just mentioned...beach cruiser was cool but too much filler,nipsey complains about not getting a co sign from dre and the other west legends,which in my opinion the reason for that is simply because he's NOTHING SPECIAL!!! so basically jay rock and kendrick are the best of he new west,snoop fell the fuk of,cube's last album was whack and dre should go back to hittin the blunts coz these latest offerings are brutal! peace to evidence,brotha lynch,alchemist,game,blu,co$$ among others for keepin the west going! r.i.p nate dogg and id love to hear 1 more classic xzibit album! peace from ireland

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