Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Tupac's "Dear Mama," Says He Appreciated Tupac's Vulnerability

Kendrick Lamar shares the details of how Tupac's "Dear Mama" has influenced him as an artist.

Over the past couple of years or so, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar has occasionally rattled off the names of the artists he’s been inspired by throughout his career and the name that seems to be brought up the most is none other than the late Tupac Shakur.

During his On The Record segment with Rhapsody, Kendrick spoke on how he’s been influenced by Tupac and the rapper’s Me Against The World record “Dear Mama.”

“The record I’m gonna talk about today is ‘Dear Mama’ by Tupac. The reason why this record inspired me, me being an artist today I can really go back and appreciate the value of vulnerability and being able to express yourself and not being scared to express yourself,” Kendrick revealed. “Tupac was one of them people that did that. Letting people into his world, talking about his mother, saying even though she was a crack fiend she was always a black queen in his eyes. And that’s something that I learned to appreciate in my music.”

On top of speaking on the way in which “Dear Mama” has played a part in his music, the good kid, m.A.A.d city rapper also spoke on how the song affected his relationship with his own mother.

“Being that real and being able to talk about things like that. And even appreciate my mother that much more,” said Kendrick in a video posted on “My mother’s a beautiful person. She made some mistakes in her life, but that never changed the way I looked at her. [Never] changed the fact that she gave me birth and bringing me into this world. Me looking back at that I salute Tupac.”

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  • Anonymous

    "Pun, Kane and Abel were the best spanish rappers" If it wasn't for Joe there never would have been a Pun.

  • FlushSociety

    Get Some Dope Gear at

  • Dime

    I find it hilarious all of you hating on Kdot and at the same time praising lil wayne. That alone shows how many people don't appreciate true talent, just catchy lines and beats from an auto tuning pos that sounds like a whiney little brat and doesn't even write his own shit. Kdot speaks on real shit, he actually tells a story that isn't all about bitches, weed and money. He possess true talent and the way he can stay on beat while changing in and out of different flow styles is nothing less than amazing. No one out there right now can compete with this guy when it comes to being real and getting his point across. And weezy knows this, that's why the little bitch is retiring after the carter V.

  • nasirjones

    hhdx continue their dick riding onslaught of kendrick.dude puts out an over rated boring fucking album which he claims will be a "classic" in due time..ha ha no fucking way.. out of all of aftermaths debut releases gkmc is definately at the bottom.. so please fight the urge to post every thought ,opinion,memory,sentence this muthufucker has.his not that interesting

  • Anonymous

    "2pac and biggie are overrated" True. Drake & Fat Joe are better.

    • Reality to fight your Hate

      At the age of 25, Drake was better than Biggie, however, he wasn't even close to touching 2 Pac. As for Fat Joe, he ain't even the best spanish rapper. Pun, Kane and Abel were the best spanish rappers.

  • Anonymous

    "classic songs are never outdated" Keep Ya Head Up was a better song than Dear Mama. Would you call that a classic too?

  • truth

    2pac and biggie are overrated as hell

    • Dafuq?

      They may be overrated, but they sure are better than today's artists

    • ETK

      they're both timeless iconic rappers, that can't be disputed. what's stupid is comparing these niggas to every hot rapper on the circuit. or saying "nah Tupac woulda never done that" cause you catchin feelings about something some rapper doin that you ain't down with. basically when you tryna speak for a dead man.

    • Anonymous

      Your comment failed when you entitled it truth and proceeded to state an opinion. This greatest of all time conversation is water cooler talk, it doesn't change anything and not one of these rappers receive anything like a trophy or a million dollar check for being "the" greatest or on the list.

    • Anonymous

      lol yes but they are still good they never sold out before they died that is why they are still respected to this day... but as far as call them the greates emcee's of all time it is an overstatement but they sure was talented motherfuckers in they are both in their between top 15 somethings..

  • BOY

    KenDICK LAME-ar wont be around too much. Yall dick ride niggas when theyre at their prime and when they choose to switch it up a bit yall gonna bring em the fuck down like the little bitch ass fans yall are. Expect this footlocker-working-looking nigga to start making pop songs with Lady Gaga. Ill be here watching yall bitch bout how he went POP. LOL YMCMB!


    Kendrick gat a a bright future in da game....O real Mc's acknwoledge PAC coz he is th greatest MC eva!!

    • Anonymous

      i agree that pac is the greatest, but k dot signed to a bisexual producer name andre.

    • BOY

      Yall dont know it but KenDICK LAME-ar just dug himself his own grave with that new album he came out with. Why? Because he set the bar for himself way too high and the bitch ass fans like yall are gonna expect way too much from nigga and he wont meet yalls expectations and THATS when the hating starts. HAHAHA I can already hear yall bitchin bout how K.Dot went POP when he start doing music with Lady GAGA. LOL Weezy is forever KIGN of HIP HOP! YMCMB!


      Yeah datz ryght dah homee Kendrik gaht sum futchah in da gam fuc al deez bytch azz niccaz dey don hav skilz on da mic

  • So Icy Boi!

    Kendrick is gay. his album was wack as fuck. Lil Wayne is da 2pac of our generation. he is hip hops savior. swag

  • Anonymous

    Says He Appreciated Tupac's "Vulnerability" LOL faggot azz niga

  • Hip Hop please

    What's up with all these HipHopDX-trolls?? You kids make me sick, disrespecting legends/real MC's Instead you little f*cks big up non talented retards who f*ck up this culture GTFOH

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick Lamar speaks on liking fried chicken Kendrick Lamar speaks on Nas' lyrical ability Kendrick Lamar speaks on Young Jeezy's ad-libs Kendrick Lamar speaks on wearing Levi jean jackets Kendrick Lamar speaks on ScHoolboy Q's handwriting on his album cover HIPHOPDX HAS BECOME SO FUCKING REPETITIVE, IT'S UNREAL

    • ETK

      this site co-signs Kendrick the same amount tho. that's what you need to realize. look at all them hottest singles/most discussed singles, Kendrick dominates those lists

    • Anonymous

      LMAO! Next is......... "Kendrick Lamar reveals why he likes fucking transsexuals" Expect this headline on DX in the next 4 months.

    • Anonymous

      lol exactly , this shit has gotten ridiculous next its gonna be: Kendrick Lamar speaks on what toothpaste he like to use

    • SupremeLogic626

      Tomorrow he'll be discussing his irregular bowel movements (a exclusive)

  • KiiNG

    2 Pac is the greatest rapper who ever did it. If you compare a rapper to him, you have to stop at whatever age they turned 25. I think that L L Cool J is the only rapper that accoplished almost as much by 25.

  • Kendrick fruity as Aliz

    This lil rapper had to qoute something that held Afeni in a negative crack head light. You're signed to a bisexual producer/rapper (dr dre), who Tupac dissed on wax, so you shouldn't even mention Pac's name!

    • Anonymous

      k dot is bisexual too, but so what if he is, he still make great music. everybody knows that dr. dre is bisexual as well, however, he still make great beats, so it's all love.

  • BigJay87

    People new to hiphop thinkin drake lil wayne & kendrick lamar are the hip hop saviours please get fucked! any decent hip hop foundation or knowledge begins wid respecting &/or loving 2pac

    • Anonymous

      This entire post had nothing to do with YMCMB. People dont even belive that YMCMB are the saviors of hip hop. The masses like them but you bloggers hate whatever becomes popular. Even when your favorite underground artists become popular majority of you turn on them as well. Bloggers have this misconception that the people that buy the albums of rappers that become super successful put them on this high level when in reality people are just buying what they like.

  • Andrew Roche

    This song is a standout on Me Against The World, was inducted into the Library of Congress Registry for being culturally significant, and is a tribute to the moms, who fuckin rule.... Fuck you and fuck the world if you say shit different. Motherfuckin hip hop fans who can't fuckin bust a nut on pornhub so they decide to skullfuck my mood on HHDX by sayin shit about dear mama. Go jack off to tunechi ya nasty twats and swallow it.

  • Ghostly

    I would like to ask the pac haters a question. Tell me whats so good about new rap stars? Seriously I want to know what makes them good. What message are they telling?

  • PuCho

    Dear Mama = One of the greatest songs ever.

  • Anonymous

    How can there be haters for a song like dear mama? Seriously

  • BOY

    Tupac aint no fuckin legend! He is OVERRATED just because the dumbass died during his prime. If Wayne would of got killed around 07-08 you fuckers would be dickriding him aswell. Look at Snoop. If nigga would of died you bitch niggas would say "If Snoop was alive Drake would be working at BK" but hes ALIVE so yall dont give a shit and hes PAST HIS PRIME. You niggas are dumb! YMCMB has created many legends. Suck a dick Swag Swag! YMCMB!

    • BOY

      LOL you fuckboys are exactly the dumbfucks I expected yall to be. Love it or hate it Wayne is a LEGEND and for yall thinkin Im trolling are horse cock sucking idiots. Pac is great but yall be sucking his rotten dead dick too much like gotdamn. MOVE THE FUCK ON! YMCMB!

    • Lil Loc

      "Bruno, just by your username I can tell your a fagbo" Gay recognize gay.

    • Anonymous

      biggie is just a watered down chubb rock.

    • BigJay87

      Fuk off BOY u little bitch u at home wearing lil wayne leopard leggings? 2pac is legend music is timeless in the same company as Marvin Gaye Ray Charles Johhny Cash Elvis so shut ur dumb mouth "just because the dumbass died during his prime" u ignorant fuk choke on a carrot der pretend its lil waynes dick! I wish u cudn hide online behind these words u fat little fuk i know well ur fat God Bless The Dead

    • ShinbrigGoku

      could you at least troll a little harder with a different rap group, the YMCMB troll is overrated just like your mama's vagina everyone's done it and you just figured out how it works try a terrible rap group like Odd Future thank you and good day.

    • BOY

      Bruno, just by your username I can tell your a fagboy, if Hendrix were alive he wouldnt be looked at as he is now. Its cold hard facts. The truth hurts bitch ass nigga now go back to reading KenDICK LAME-ar articles.

    • bruno

      hendrix died in his prime too. guess he's not tht great too. fuck BOY and KDizzle

    • BOY

      Biggie aswell. Only reason I didnt mention him was because I was focusing on Pac. Dont get me wrong, he is a great rapper but people dick ride the fuck out of duke.

    • KDizzle

      Then biggie is also overrated, it goes both ways, both died in the prime of their careers

  • Anonymous

    all these trolls disrespecting the legend.. this generation can't get any stupider.

  • Ghostly

    Man I bet you guys hatin on pac are young ass teenagers. You dont understand the man pac was. A real nigga with with heart, and wasnt afraid of the worlds opinion. He was straight up! If he hated somebody he wouldn't be a little bitch about it, he would tell the world. He is a legend for good reason, and you fags who like YMCMB or MMG dont even understand that most of your idols look up to pac. He will never be forgotten. The BEST.

  • BP

    trolls. dumbass trolls everywhere

  • r 3ip

    LOL at people being fans of Tufag ShaKKKur if he was alive y'all wouldn't give a shit about himf



  • BOY

    Tupac is OVERRATED and OUTDATED. I mean c'mon why is everybody on his dead dick?! Yea he did some good songs but he isnt THE BEST. KenDICK LAME-ar is just a footlocker worker looking ass dick rider! I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING 2 >>>>> Good Kid, M.a.a.d City. YMCMB!

    • yoson

      cash money records was the label first then they got all these fake ass niggas. Doesnt mean they cant make music but who is gangsta in ymcmb. Kendrick lamar has the best album this year stop hatin

    • Truth Teller

      I do not agree- first of all BOY (not man) no true (not even an ignorant one) black person calls them-self "nigger" - you are some white boy acting like you're black- Bigge developed a rhyme scheme not heard of yet, and so did Pac- both would still be considered legends today because Dr. Dre, Rakim etc were also in their prime long before Pac and are still today legends-but on the real, everybody don't pay attention to this coward, he's just trying to pull everyone's leg, cause everyone in Young Money got respect for Tupac and Biggie - said plenty times by all label members- no offense to our white guys, we got love for you, but someone get this dude a chew toy

    • BOY

      LOL im not even a white boy, Im a nigger. And who the fuck says Im trolling? YMCMB is the label that has kept the industry on lock for 20 plus years. The label has created MANY influential rappers AND legends such as Wayne. Only cuz you hate true hip hop like YMCMB doesnt mean anybody that knows true music is trolling. Hating is a bitch thing bitch nigga YMCMB!

    • Anonymous

      I agree what u said about 2pac unfortunately either this site is runnin a scheme to get more ad $ by having spam bots in here or youre just a white boy thinking anybody is gonna be fooled with the horrible way of trolling by saying YMCMB at the end. Get over it. Change your trolling game up if u gonna do it. Aint nobody buying that shit. Stop being in 2007-2008.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Mama is horribly outdated now.

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