Kendrick Lamar Responds To Bob Dylan Comparison

Kendrick Lamar also explains the reason that he created "Swimming Pools (Drank)."

Pharrell, who worked with Kendrick Lamar on good kid, m.A.A.d. city, recently said that the Compton, California rapper reminded him of Rock music icon Bob Dylan. 

"Kendrick Lamar is this era's Bob Dylan," Pharrell said, as reported by Complex. "Masterful story telling. Listen to it. It will elevate you. And just like that, music has changed."

Kendrick Lamar recently responded to the Bob Dylan comparisons. 

"That was crazy," Lamar said during an interview with Arsenio Hall. "I always said, 'If I'm going to do this, I'm going to say something. I'm not going to just rap a bunch of verses.' That was Dylan. He's a legend and he said something. He voiced his opinion and the world gravitated towards it and I want to do that with my music."

Kendrick Lamar Explains Significance Of "Swimming Pools (Drank)"

After speaking about Bob Dylan's influence, Lamar also discussed the message behind "Swimming Pools (Drank)." 

"Coming up in Compton, my parents [being] fairly young, I actually grew up with them," Kendrick Lamar said. "I was in the household where they partied and they had fun, and I seen the different vices that was in the house. I said my first single I wanted to actually have it where I put in the air whether you can be a drinker that's aware or you can be an alcoholic. I just threw the vices in there and wanted people to reach out and actually know what I was talking about and convey it on the record. I was having fun, but at the same time it was a message." 

Beyond this, Lamar also spoke about the Hip Hop scene in the West Coast.

"The culture of Hip Hop, the culture of L.A. Hip Hop on the scene right now, as far as TDE, as far as my camp, as far as people outside of my camp," Lamar said. "We really, really want to keep our foot in the game. I seen Tupac on this same joint, and Dr. Dre, and we want to bring their energy back to the world, back to the culture of Hip Hop. So you have artists like myself, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, Problem, IamSu! from The Bay. We really represent this legacy that we want to uphold and continue to bring to the table, so I appreciate you for having me on here and being able to spread this word." 

The interview can be seen below. 

RELATED: Kendrick Lamar Says He's "Trying To Murder" Drake, J. Cole, Wale On Big Sean's "Control"


  • Right On

    Tupac was the Dylan of his time.

  • JD

    @the-shadi. Kendrick is good but by saying he's better than Bob Dylan you show you have no knowledge whatsoever of music.

  • the-shadi

    hes better than bob dylan imo, and I ain't even a fan

  • Anonymous

    More like Billy Ray Cyrus.

  • krusty

    the real king of hip hop, he reminds me of Tupac a lot

  • Pushawow

    I thought he was overrated but I heard gkmc last week... dude is a beast :o

  • jerome.wauters

    he'll be remembered. he is basically making hip hop interesting again !

  • friberg

    Kendrick is really underrated. I saw his albums on every "best albums of all time" lists but this shit need to be top 5, not just top 20 of all time

  • knifegrpro

    I get the comparaison with bob... kendrick is probably the best lyricist in hip hop since Lupe Fiasco

  • jturner

    will probably give gkmc a listen, I heard 2-3 guest verses yesterday anhd I agree, he is head and shoulders above EVERYBODY, mainstream or underground

  • colemaidzt

    kendrick lamar, bringing real hip hop back !

  • korchids

    good kid, m.a.a.d city has changed the newer generation's perception on what good rap music is. thank you kendrick, you make hip hop interesting again

  • gghenry

    I was a drake stan until I heard gkmc, that classic changed my opinion about my old fav rappers.

  • Fredik.George

    my step-dad just got Porsche Panamera from only workin on a computer... useful reference

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  • Prick James

    Wow, all these years and Arsenio still sucks as an interviewer.

  • dentaldamboy

    as a bitchass young money groupie with no accounting skills, I can confirm that drake does not want beef with kendrick. Kendrick will rip drake apart. let's be real, drake the most effeminate, daddy kissing, white canadian faggot in the game. And that's why i like him, cause i'm like that to.

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  • benard

    love kendrick hes the next makaveli

  • Anonymous

    Bob Dylan was out there though. How many of you goobers saw him on the MLK March on Washington videos? Was just on 2 weeks ago it was on. Dylan rode for justice in the Medger Evers murder. @ BP this is what we're talking about when we say dickriding. Pharrell's howling at the moon with this one because the music ain't really the same. He must of been high off wasabi & snow peas.

  • duude

    i understand the bob Dylan comparison don't take it so literal tho, they both were outspoken an said what they felt they needed to say and you dudes who judge his music mention the control verse, gkmc and sect.80 if you heard his whole catalog you'd have a better understanding of why hes regarded so highly. GKMC, SECT80, OD, Kendrick Lamar EP, C4 mixtape, his growth over these projects is amazing

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  • Spike

    I love Pharrell but WTF kendrick should not be mentioned with Bob Dylan, at least not at this point, I think Kendrick is Dope, but i wasn't that impressed with good kid m.A.A.d city. It was a solid album but nothing special.

  • ETK

    this fuckboi below is a god damn idiot for comparing hip-hop lyrics to rock/folk/blues lyrics. seriously you can't be this dumb there are absolutely no ways to compare these two. different genres, different timelines, one's a legend and the other's making his mark in the rap game. but I will say if Kendrick keeps going the way he's going, he may have just as much IMPACT on the hip-hop genre as Bob Dylan did in the music industry.

  • bob dylan

    this is 15 verses kid [Verse 1] Darkness at the break of noon Shadows even the silver spoon The handmade blade, the child's balloon Eclipses both the sun and moon To understand you know too soon There is no sense in trying [Verse 2] Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn Suicide remarks are torn From the fools gold mouthpiece The hollow horn plays wasted words Proved to warn That he not busy being born Is busy dying [Verse 3] Temptation's page flies out the door You follow, find yourself at war Watch waterfalls of pity roar You feel to moan but unlike before You discover That you'd just be One more person crying So don't fear if you hear A foreign sound to you ear It's alright, Ma, I'm only sighing [Verse 4] As some warn victory, some downfall Private reasons great or small Can be seen in the eyes of those that call To make all that should be killed to crawl While others say don't hate nothing at all Except hatred [Verse 5] Disillusioned words like bullets bark As human gods aim for their marks Make everything from toy guns that sparks To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark It's easy to see without looking too far That not much Is really sacred [Verse 6] While preachers preach of evil fates Teachers teach that knowledge waits Can lead to hundred-dollar plates Goodness hides behind its gates But even the President of the United States Sometimes must have To stand naked An' though the rules of the road have been lodged It's only people's games that you got to dodge And it's alright, Ma, I can make it [Verse 7] Advertising signs that con you Into thinking you're the one That can do what's never been done That can win what's never been won Meantime life outside goes on All around you [Verse 8] You loose yourself, you reappear You suddenly find you got nothing to fear Alone you stand without nobody near When a trembling distant voice, unclear Startles your sleeping ears to hear That somebody thinks They really found you [Verse 9] A question in your nerves is lit Yet you know there is no answer fit to satisfy Insure you not to quit To keep it in your mind and not forget That it is not he or she or them or it That you belong to Although the masters make the rules For the wise men and the fools I got nothing, Ma, to live up to [Verse 10] For them that must obey authority That they do not respect in any degree Who despite their jobs, their destinies Speak jealously of them that are free Cultivate their flowers to be Nothing more than something They invest in [Verse 11] While some on principles baptized To strict party platforms ties Social clubs in drag disguise Outsiders they can freely criticize Tell nothing except who to idolize And then say God Bless him [Verse 12] While one who sings with his tongue on fire Gargles in the rat race choir Bent out of shape from society's pliers Cares not to come up any higher But rather get you down in the hole That he's in But I mean no harm nor put fault On anyone that lives in a vault But it's alright, Ma, if I can't please him [Verse 13] Old lady judges, watch people in pairs Limited in sex, they dare To push fake morals, insult and stare While money doesn't talk, it swears Obscenity, who really cares Propaganda, all is phony [Verse 14] While them that defend what they cannot see With a killer's pride, security It blows the minds most bitterly For them that think death's honesty Won't fall upon them naturally Life sometimes Must get lonely [Verse 15] My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyards False gods, I scuff At pettiness which plays so rough Walk upside-down inside handcuffs Kick my legs to crash it off Say okay, I have had enough What else can you show me? And if my thought-dreams could be seen They'd probably put my head in a guillotine But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only

  • bob dylan

    this is better than control [Verse 1] Once upon a time you dressed so fine Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you? People would call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall," You thought they were all akidding you You used to laugh about Everybody that was hanging out Now you don't talk so loud Now you don't seem so proud About having to be scrounging your next meal [Chorus] How does it feel? How does it feel? To be without a home? Like a complete unknown? Like a rolling stone? [Verse 2] Aw, you've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely But you know you only used to get juiced in it Nobodys ever taught you how to live out on the street And now you're going to have to get used to it You say you never compromise With a mystery tramp, but now you realize He's not selling any alibis As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes And say, Do you want to make a deal? [Chorus] [Verse 3] Aw, you never turned around to see the frowns On the jugglers and the clowns When they all did tricks for you You never understood that it is no good You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat That is it hard when you discover that He really wasn't where it's at After he took from you everything he could steal? [Chorus] [Verse 4] Aw, princess on the steeple and all the pretty people They're all drinking, thinking that theyve got it made Exchanging all precious gifts But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe You used to be so amused At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse When you have got nothing, youve got nothing to lose You're invisible now, youve got no secrets to conceal [Chorus]



    • Chapelle

      LMAO if only some of these dudes knew about Dylan the top 5 rapper in the world.



  • Anonymous

    Jesus...I like Kendrick but bob Dylan? C'mon people ...absurd

  • Anonymous

    and you wonder why people think Kendrick is overrated? media blog sites making two posts for one simple fucking interview. shit hhdx..

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick is the best rapper right now, No. 2 is how much time is this nigga spending on the intro

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