Kendrick Lamar Says Eminem "Definitely" Influenced His Style, Calls Him A "Genius"

Kendrick Lamar says Eminem "definitely influenced" his style. He also goes on to call him a genius and says he'd like to collaborate with Slim Shady.

While fans wait for Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, the Compton emcee has had to field many questions about who will be on the album. In a recent interview with Mr. Peter Parker, another question on the subject came up. This time, Lamar was asked if Eminem would be on the disc and if he admired Eminem

When asked if Em is "the greatest," Lamar shared that he felt no one could equal Slim. 

"I don't think nobody's matching him now," he said after calling Em a "genius." 

He went on to add that Shady influenced him greatly.  

"Em definitely influenced a lot in my style." 

However, that doesn't mean a track is in the works. Lamar shared that there is currently no song featuring Eminem but that he would want to collaborate. 

"Not for sure, yet," he said about Eminem being featured on the album. "I definitely would want him on the album. It'd be crazy."

When asked to speak about Los Angeles, K. Dot explained that there is some "positive light" shining on the city. 

"I think the positive light that we've got now is probably just the music that's going on. It's a great energy that's going back to the kids. They're starting to get more in tune and positive with that so I'm gonna constantly continue to build on that."  

The full Q&A can be seen below.

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130 Comments

  • Alobid

    Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy are working positive for hip hop, props for the youngers. And what can I say about Eminem? He's a boss.

  • Anonymous

    i hate the old guy bias in rap. in any other genre of music artists get better with tyme(like everyone one does cause of experience), all the top rappers in the game are over 30, so i realy don tunderstand why hip hop fans hate on older artists (THEY ARE USUALLY MORE TALENTED AND MORE SEASONED BEHIND A MIKE MAKING A BETTER LISTENING EXPERIENCE. caps were for the add to keep their attention, damn kids. kmsl

  • Anonymous

    thats the only thing kendrick lamar has EVER said that makes sense,eminem is the greatest.

  • Anonymous

    black people just love using the word "dickriding"

    • ETK

      was that supposed to be clever? cause you come across as a tryhard bitchnigga.

    • Anonymous

      ^ Both y'all go back to your master's plantation.

    • ETK

      I know right. they catch feelings when you "dickride" someone they don't like, when they probably dickride another rapper just as hard, except it's some underground backpack prodigy 3 people heard about or some veteran pioneer like Nas. either way it's not like they're gonna let you know about it

  • BOY

    THERE'S A NEW SUPERGROUP ON THE WAY! KENDRICK THE FROG AND EMINEM ARE EMO LOSERS WHO BLOW OFF DRE FOR A RECORD DEAL. LISTEN TO REAL HIP-HOP LIKE THESE NIGGAZ! LIL WAYNE- BEST RAPPER EVER AND SEXIEST NIGGA ALIVE! BIRDMAN- RICHEST MAN ALIVE RICK ROSS- THE COP KILLA 2 CHAINZ- THE PROTEGE OF KING WEEZY; TRAP KING FUTURE- THE BEST SINGER OF ALL-TIME; CLUB MAKER JUSTIN BIEBER- THE REALEST NIGGA ALIVE; BATTLE RAP KING GUCCI MANE- SMARTEST MAN WITH AN IQ OF 10 BILLION NICKI MINAJ- QUEEN OF HIP-HOP DJ KHALED- THE PRODUCER OF TRUE HIP HOP THE REAL HIP-HOP CREW! WU TANG AND Y'ALL OTHER LABELS AINT GOT SHIT ON THEM. REAL HIP-HOP LIVES ON!

  • Reppin' TDE!

    KENDRICK would never do a song with ANYBODY from the Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit camp.

  • Anonymous

    Yr Eminem would be after Ace and not before Ghost

  • Anonymous

    Power 105: Kendrick Lamar X: Sorry, I don't know who that is? Power 105: He's signed to Dr. Dre X: (shrugs) O, okay.

  • DmIzE-one

    i dont get all the hate on eminem.. or any obviously talented rapper for that matter.. just because you dont like the way they rap, you cant (if your being truthful to yourself, and/or actualy a hip-hop head) in good faith say eminem doesnt have MAD skills... smh.. for example, i think drake sucks giant donkey dick, but at the same time i can admit that he has skills.. there, thats not so hard is it???

  • Anonymous

    GaydiKKK LAMEar needs to sit down and shut the fuck up. Seriously. It's the fifth time this year he talks about how he was influenced by an average rapper, that shit's getting tired.

  • Anonymous

    idc cause now u better know who is the goat of all time is name is eminem look u got kendrick lamar u got the game saying if em came at him with an industral beef hed run cause em shreds mc's then u have tech nine saying ems the best and u have weezy sayin it also who is the best selling razpper of all time umm bes white and his name is shady o and who can put an end 2 a record label such as murder inc eminem no rapper can do what eminem has done neway top 5 rappers in game 1.eminem 2 is like a tie to me 2.lil wayne& jay-z 3.kayne west 4.yelawolf 5.the game and have 2 put 6 and 7 6.drake 7.mgk

  • Trent

    Outside trying to explain simple concepts to you intelligent characters.. K.Dot is gonna bring something crazy on this album.. I got a good feeling about it.

  • Trent

    Y'all mad cause a dude picks his #1 and you disagree.. think about how ignorant that is. You can think Jay, Nas, Wayne, Big, Pac, Z-Ro, Face, or whoever you want is the best of all time.. it's all in your opinion and how it's justified to you and only you.. leave this man's opinion alone.. No great rapper in this world ever hate on Em.. I wonder why he gets praise from all of his peers? Those who came before him praise him.. You sit at home in your computer chair thinking a $10/hr job is big money not doing shit with your life.. Jay-Z and Kanye West on top of the game; Co-sign EM. Redman, Wayne, Talib, Nas, and all of your favorite rappers favorite rappers cosign Em. That's enough to end these discussions.. He's an established LEGEND dead or alive he will always be brought up on TOP of all time lists.

    • SCHWARZ

      COSIGN TRENT NOBODY CARES ABOUT YO LISTS & YO GOAT CANDIDATE ALL U SHOWIN IS THAT WEIRDO IN U Y'ALL REALLY THINK EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD WHO LISTENS TO RAP MUSIC HAS THE EXACT SAME PLAYLIST U HAVE & IF THEY DON'T THEY HATERS OR DICKRIDERS WORD IS BOND I JUST CAME FROM THE POLO STORE & SOME WHITEBOYS WERE PLAYIN SEAN PRICE IN THE HEADPHONES ALL I HAD 2 DO IS SAY "P!" & WE IN THE PARKING LOT SMOKIN TRAINWRECK & I PLAY "OCCUPY ALL STREETS" FROM RUCK & THEY NEVER HEARD THE SONG THAT'S HIP HOP SHARING MUSIC & ENJOYING THE RAPS IN THE CYPHER VIBE NOT THIS FCUKBOI SH!T Y'ALL B DOIN & SAYIN ONLINE BUT Y'ALL WASN'T AROUND WHEN BOOMBOXES HAD U DJ'N THE HANDBALL OR BBALL COURT Y'ALL DON'T KNO NOTHING ABOUT PLUGGIN THE OUTLET INTO THE LAMP POST SO THE HOOD CAN LISTEN 2 SOME MUSIC & CHILLOUT U ON THE INTERNET SKIMMING THRU MP3S Y'ALL HAMSTERS ON A TREADMILL ACTING LIKE U LIVE AN OCEANIC LIFE

    • ...

      I really don't get how Trent is dickriding here, he's gave extremely valid points that you can't disprove. But of course when that happens it must be dickriding... The argument of the dumb.

    • ^

      If yours thoughts were actually inteligent, but all he is doing is dickride Eminem.

    • Anonymous

      commenting isnt meant to get you money.. its meant to get your thoughts on a certain subject across...

    • Got Money In My Ghetto

      ^ No!!! That's why I asked that question, telling how good a rapper is ain't gonna help you in your life or anything

    • ^

      Let me ask you this; does defending ANY rapper give you any money?

    • Got Money In My Ghetto

      But let me ask you something: does defending Eminem give you any money or something?!?!

  • Anonymous

    Next month he'll say Michael Bolton is the Goat, then Brian Mcknight, Ray Parker Jr., Lil Whyte, and Lebron James.

  • Anonymous

    every one has said this just speaking on shady is a publicity stunt

  • Anonymous

    Next week he'll say Young Jeezy is the GOAT, then Too Short, Gladys Knight, Vanilla Ice, Mac Dre and Kobe Bryant.

  • Anonymous

    Next week, Kendrick is going to say Black Rob influenced him, a week later Kool G Rap, and three weeks after that Nelly.

  • BOY

    Fuck KenDICK LAME-ar! This nigga sucking honkey dick. This niggas album is gunna flop more than a flounder without water! Nigga sign to YMCMB or GTFO! Nobody wana listen to yo boring ass! Old ass looking nigga! Weezy is STILL the KIGN of HIP HOP! Wayne ran circles around M&M's on that No Love and Forever tracks so STFU! YMCMB!

  • georgel

    I dont see the hype behind Kendrick. ill have to listen to his other albums again but i dont think he deserves this much hype. and wtf is he wearing in the pic on this page? ugly ass shirt

  • LOL

    People STIll hating eminem just cause hes the dominant white guy and ALOT of your favorite rapper's favorite rapper lol keep hating...

    • ...

      @g-unit Did you even read my comment? Let me rephrase that, can you read? Please explain when I hated on Em...

    • g-unit

      LOL dude wtf are you even saying?? Hes a mainstream world-known rapper EVERY album huge artists put out have 2-4 radio songs are you fucking stupid?? Honestly better recovery singles with meaning and mature message be on the radio than that wack ass my name is and real slim shady and ass like that SHIT that he used to make for the radio...For your info too...recovery went 4x platinum and got heaps of priase from fans and other great rappers. The singles got unreal amount of success thats the only why people hate...the more success the more jealously and wack ass excuses people come up with SIMPLE AS THAT hate all you want...

    • ...

      People are also mad at him for making music that gets constant plays on the TV/Radio, I don't get why he don't really owe them shit unless they bought the albums that the songs they're unhappy about even then don't buy it if your not going to like it and with the internet you have multiple opportunities to listen to the project before buying it. But them most that hate don't even pay for the music they're criticizing so they don't really have a leg to stand on.

  • itsthetruth

    This would be dope if it was '06 Eminem. If you ask me, the last great flows from Eminem were on that Re-Up CD. I haven't really appreciated an Eminem track since 'No Apologies'. Now, if it were THAT type of Eminem on Kendrick's album, that would be insane. But since then, dude rapped in accents, tried doing the whole punchline/metaphor bullshit that every other new rapper was doing, then started working with pop artists and pop producers. Em has matured and grown but he has still sold out to an extent. The Slaughterhouse album was a big let down, especially with the Eminem influence on it. He took his formula for 'Recovery' and he used it on the SH album. In this day and age, I'd rather NOT see Em on a Kendrick album. And Em's stanbase can suck my dick if they disagree

    • HiiiPoWeR

      @Jetlife You just made a whole story of me up in your head based off the little bit of comments I've provided... And with the name like "Jetlife" don't come at me with an argument about "an embarrassment to the Hip-Hop culture".

    • Jetlife

      with a name like HiiiPoWeR, i thought you would atleast be an intelligent human being. You're just like all those other ADHD teenage kids who only listen to the newest garbage rapper out. You're an embarrassment to the Hip-Hop culture, and shouldnt be allowed to share your own opinions on anything anymore. Idiot.

    • HiiiPoWeR

      I have to admit I didn't read your whole comment, I saw that you had written "the last great flows from Eminem were on that Re-Up CD" and I gave up hope on your comment.

    • itsthetruth

      ^ no shit. We're talking personal opinions here. I personally don't give a fuck whether or not he does end up on the album, because maybe it will come out dope. Thanks for reading my post though, but next time reply with something more intelligent, especially if you plan on using HiiiPoWeR for your name.

    • HiiiPoWeR

      "I'd rather NOT see Em on a Kendrick album" LOL, it's not really up to you, is it?

  • K. Dot > Em

    K Dot would murder Em. This boy is a fool. He would get in Crooked I's ass too. Crooked I likes to use muliti's all the damn time.

    • HiiiPoWeR

      Are you living vicariously through Kendrick because even if Kendrick could "murder" Eminem on a track or "get in Crooked I's ass too". It doesn't change the fact you can't.

  • Dr. Hop

    That would be dope if Kendrick and Em collaborated. But Kendrick should focus on collab'ing with another up and comer who can match lyrics and flow like YOUR BOY FOR LIFE. Now that would be ILL AF!

  • shh

    KENDRICK = GOT NEXT 2013...

  • FuKKK KKKendriKKK Lamar

    Nigga been kissing a lot of rappers' asses nowadays.

    • HiiiPoWeR

      I know you like to picture homosexuality when ever it could come up, but it's actually called respect. Also Kendrick get's asked about Em and gives his honest opinion, what do you expect him to do? Tell the interviewer to move on to the next question without giving an answer? GTFOH.

  • Anonymous

    A little while back he said he doesn't want to collab with Eminem...now as his singles aren't gaining buzz he wants to collab with Em and make a pop single....this guy is just as mainstream as everyone

    • HiiiPoWeR

      Mainstream isn't a sound... The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, ATLiens, The Chronic, Me Against the World, Aquemini etc. are ALL "Mainstream" doesn't stop them being extremely dope!

  • Anonymous

    i like Kendrick but i don't think he's going to be some big rap superstar who takes over the pop charts like Em, 50, Jay-Z, and others did. i don't think he has the style or personality that appeals to a lot of different demographics and a lot of the music i've heard isn't easily accessible.

  • swess

    Kendrick's style is dope I can see how Eminem influenced his Steelo. . . Kiid got's a long Music Career ahead of him. . . Can't hate if he goes commercial in the decade to come. . . Most Big Artist go that route eventually to Ca$h in. . . It is what it is. . . . Peace and Respect to the Dude. . . chinkyeyedLA

    • HiiiPoWeR

      People don't really get what "going commercial" means, I mean albums like The Marshall Mathers LP, The Slim Shady LP, The Blueprint, The College Dropout, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Stankonia etc. all commercial albums. Commercial isn't a sound.

  • swess

    Kendrick's style is dope I can see how Eminem influenced his Steelo. . . Kiid got's a long Music Career ahead of him. . . Can't hate if he goes commercial in the decade to come. . . Most Big Artist go that route eventually to Ca$h in. . . It is what it is. . . . Peace and Respect to the Dude. . . www.chinkyeyed.com

  • So Icy Boi!

    both wack rappers! Kendrick is a pop star and Feminem is a gay cracka. Lil Wayne is da best. YMCMB all day err day. swag

  • Anonymous

    Both of them most overrated rappers ever.

  • T

    if kendrick does a lady gaga collab im out

  • T

    of course hes a genius hes just not making good music any more and soon K.dot will be right beside him making the whack

  • Anonymous

    K.Dot is the best rapper alive. know that.

  • Anonymous

    Eminem number 1 I like Kendric

  • Anonymous

    People may not feel the quote-on-quote "New" style of "EMINEM" But TRUST me. . . . EVERYBODY in the industry KNOWS who "EMINEM" IS and how can get "BUSY" on the Mic. He's "Top Dawg" in the industry. No pun intended.

    • HiiiPoWeR

      "No pun intended" Yes you did intend the pun, read your comment you put Top Dawg (Spelt the same way as the TDE label) in quote marks.

  • Trent

    K.Dot x Eminem would be awesome.. Y'all talking about Em biting Ace's flow.. stop it. Every artist developed their flow by listening to those before them. Jay was influenced by BIG, it's clear BUT they also have their own spin on it.. making it theirs. Chill the fuck out, unless they sound EXACTLY the same on every song drop it.. EM brings too many different elements to call him a biter.

    • ETL

      Jay's flow is Jaz O's and Nas flow, what he got from Biggie is Ughh!, his subject matter and image. I guess he made all work for him.

    • Trent

      You saying Jay doesn't pull BIG flows? You're trying to tell me Jay wasn't influenced by BIG?? You must not have listened to either.. Jay still quoting BIG bars to this day. The fact and point is.. Eminem has been in the game long enough now he is in their position and is influencing new artists the same way Pac, Big, Ace, Pun, Big L, LL, Tribe and many others did before him.. You can't help but be influenced by what you listen to and enjoy. /end

    • triPAUD

      Just cause he was "out" before doesn't mean he wasn't influenced. Either way they were both sons of Big daddy. rhyme styles are like fighting styles.

    • Anonymous

      How so? Jay was out before Biggie. Buzz since 89, he just took forever to drop his first album.

  • Stevie Bee

    Every week there's an article on here about who influenced him and each article is a different person spotlighted. Kendrick has flow but stop piece mealing and just go ahead and say everyone influenced you and call it a day. This is getting redundant for real. Just my opinion.

  • KingTut

    Em's a genius. Right. Genius who got away with the biggest heist in Hip Hop history: jacking Masta Ace's flow. This dude jacked Masta Ace's flow, added some depressed white boy shit on top and went on to sell millions of records... and not a single Hip Hop head raised eye brows... now this dude is here calling him a "genius". Hah!

    • Anonymous

      cole world aka andres vasquez- way to pull up that article from a year ago.. lol.. kinda blew your cover bruh

    • Cole world

      And you could say that about any artist...artists get inspired by other artists so they may sound similar in certain situations.

    • Cole World

      This nigga reachin'. Ace said it himself... http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.17001/title.masta-ace-talks-eminem-comparisons

  • Lol

    Here comes the Eminem haters...

  • OUCH!

    of course he did, i mean "swimming pool (Drank)" sounds exactly like "just lose it" o.o

  • JJ

    em's wack wayne shits on him end of story.

  • Lex

    Enogh with this nigga already. Go work with Lady Gaga, bitch nigga with boring ass flow. Jay Rock is the real west coast nigga.

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