Kendrick Lamar Explains What He Thinks Hip Hop Needs

Kendrick Lamar also names Erykah Badu as his dream collaboration.

Kendrick Lamar recently stopped by 107.5 WCGI’s The Morning Riot to discuss everything from his relationship with Lady Gaga to the discussion of old versus new in Hip Hop. During the interview, K. Dot, who said his dream collaboration is with Erykah Badu, spoke on what he thinks Hip Hop needs, stating that artists need to tightrope between having fun and writing raps with meaning.

“I just think it needs the proper balance,” he said. “Sometimes, things will get a little over the edge and corny, but it’s cats like myself that put depth in the game and still have fun and bring that fun energy and have something to say. So once it continues to have that balance, it’ll be cool.”

Watch the full interview below (via FSD)

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62 Comments

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that. I do music to help change the lives of others what you'll get from my music is all POSITIVITY! so please just spare a few sec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az9kWMdFmKs

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that. I do music to help change the lives of others what you'll get from my music is all POSITIVITY! so please just spare a few sec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az9kWMdFmKs

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that. I do music to help change the lives of others is what you'll get from my music is all POSITIVITY! so please just spare a few sec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az9kWMdFmKs

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that. I do music to help change the lives of others so what you'll get from my music is all POSITIVITY! so please just spare a few sec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az9kWMdFmKs

  • big dick

    is it october 22nd yet???????

  • Anonymous

    so because he only 20 he don't have an opinion???? dumb fu@k smfh

  • JuanEsco

    Who cares what KL thinks about hip hop. What is he like 20? C'mon man ask RZA, Cube, Jay what it needs, then write a column about that.

  • Anonymous

    what hiphop needs is for kendrick lamar, j.cole and chief keef 2 retire.....

  • EyeControl

    Hip-Hop needs the Good Kid, Made City album! He needs to have songs on their like his deep songs like HighPower and Terrorist Threats, those are 2 of his best. Oh yea, hip-hop needs the Black Hippies album! I'm so bummed it's not gonna happen. But what hip-hop didn't need was that dumb Slaughterhouse album. Only good ones in their is Royce and yellow wolf, the rest suck. Hip-Hop fans need more weed and need to get down with the High Power movement, if you don't smoke now, start! It changed my life, thanks to kendrick and high power. That's what I think hip-hop needs

  • Anonymous

    Niggas will find anything to hate on. I mean like really how can you find it within' yourself to hate on this man. Nigga will str8 eat any nigga out right now it's not even close. I just heard that toca tuesday freestyle and man that shit blew ah nigga away and I could give ah fuck bout what the next nigga is doing but shout out to Kendrick man dude is ill fuck ah hater for real yo suck ah dick and choke on it

  • YEBO

    THAT FAKE ASS CLOWN SHOULD QUIT THE RAP GAME FOREVER... THAT'S WHAT HIP HOP REALLY NEEDS

  • shhh

    KENDRICK..the only reason why i still buy HIP HOP!....

  • Anonymous

    slow news lately. seems like every other day Kendrick is on here explaining something.

  • Anonymous

    "its cats like myself that put depth in the game and still have fun and bring that fun energy and have something to say. So once it continues to have that balance, itll be cool." Lupe totally forgot the latter part of this sentence.

  • Phil A

    Hip hop needs artists that bring substance and lyricism to their music. It really is that simple.

  • Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

    1. Intro 2. Money Treez (Produced by Digi+Phonics) 3. Secret Rivals (Produced by DJ Khalil) 4. The Recipe feat. Dr. Dre (Produced by Scoop DeVille, add. Dr. Dre) 5. Unspoken Word feat. J. Cole (Produced by J. Cole) 6. Poetic Justice feat. Drake (Produced by T-Minus) 7. Cheraine (Produced by Dr. Dre, co. Dewaun Parker) 8. You'll Never Know (Produced by J. Cole) 9. Dying of Thirst (Produced by Digi+Phonics) 10. Swimming Pools (Drank) (Produced by T-Minus) 11. Righteous Way feat. KiD CuDi & Kelis (Produced by Hit-Boy) 12. Partynauseous feat. Lady Gaga (Produced by Terrace Martin) 13. Lovely Lady feat. Pharrell & Snoop Lion (Produced by The Neptunes) 14. Second Coming (Produced by Digi+Phonics) Deluxe 15. Now or Never feat. Mary J. Blige (Produced by Dr. Dre, co. Dewaun Parker) 16. Tears feat. Jhene Aiko & Ab-Soul (Produced by Digi+Phonics) 17. Get Down (Produced by Mr. Porter) 18. Hungry feat. Black Hippy (Produced by Digi+Phonics)

  • Jin God MC

    This elf looking kermit speaking rapper is the reason why Hip-Hop is dead. Talking about drugs, sex and violence like every other rapper. Jin invented Hip-Hop but this bastard ruined it. Fuck Kendrick Lamar

    • -

      jin? the asian guy from ruff ryders.. are u fuckin kidding mwahgahahhahhahhahah!

    • twills

      yu jus mad coz u cant get no pussy and yo dadda still in jail. fuck u fuck kendrick im sayin diggy simmons is where its at yall jus a bunch of hoe azz niggaz who dont no shit bout anythin. learn how to spell ya chunmp.

  • Anonymous

    Bring back the biting rules. Bring that back and 90% of these rappers would have to quit.

    • Anonymous

      No because that's what makes thing fun, having two three people compete with each other and who does it better. Obviously there's the chance that a certain thought is furthered to the point of absurdity, But! That's inevitable, have dude's bite each other but have enough dudes offer variability.

  • Hidden By Leaves

    This fuck boy has Lady Gaga on his record. His opinion on hip hop is null and void from now until forever.

  • Anonymous

    i like Kendrick but i've never known him to be a "fun" rapper who brings "fun energy"

  • dentaldamboy

    Lil Wayne is this guy's mentor. Drake took him on tour. Kendrick is like fam down here at YMCMB. He's stopped by to kick it with Birdman before. Can't hate on YMCMB, we are bringing hiphop back!

  • Chris

    "I wake up in the morning with my dick on hard/didn't know why till I said fuck all y'all" - Wackest Kendrick rhyme ever...

    • FOH

      that was a homage to pac's fuck the world. "I just woke up screaming fuck the world" . kendricks rhyme its still wack as fuck regardless.

  • Anonymous

    Gaga is the new Dr. Dre as far as Kendrick interviews go. Thats about to be the new subject that gets repeated 50 times.

  • Justobserving

    I know what hip hop needs........artists not saying what hip hop needs!

  • Makaveli

    The rap game needs some real drama fuck making records we can handle this in the streets

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