Kendrick Lamar Recalls Tupac Interaction With Police Officer In "The Message" Clip

Kendrick Lamar says Tupac and Dr. Dre let him know "anything is possible."

When Kendrick Lamar was a child, the rapper saw Tupac and Dr. Dre filming a music video in his neighborhood. This sighting, matched with the frequent Tupac listening thanks to his family members, impacted Lamar, he says. 

"Huge Tupac fan forever," Lamar says in an interview with BET for the network's The Message. "'Pac? Energy, aggression, emotion, something I gotta dig deep and think about all my woes in my life."

When he saw Dre and Tupac in Compton, Lamar says Dre was driving a Bentley and Pac was in the passenger seat. Lamar says a police officer on motorcycle stopped by and nearly hit the vehicle. He says he'll never forget watching Tupac Shakur yell at the police officer for nearly damaging the car. He says he remembers Tupac saying, "Yo, what is you doing? This is a $100,000 car. You in front of my people." 

Beyond this, Lamar says that seeing Dre and 'Pac in his community let him know that "anything is possible." 

"I hope I inspire the next kid," Lamar says. 

In the past, Lamar has said he saw Dre and Tupac perform together in the community as they worked on the "California Love" music video. 

“It was almost live because he was shooting a video on Rosecrans in Compton with [Dr.] Dre for the original ‘California Love’ video,” Kendrick said. “I actually got to see him perform just a little bit before they shut that shit down…before it got too crazy.”

More from the clip, which is a part of BET's The Message, is below. 

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  • Anonymous

    2PAC the greatest ever!!!! RIP!!!!!

  • Selena Lluvia Descalso

    "check your sexuality, it's as fruity as this Alize" 2pac to Dre, damn, same applies to this weirdo disappointing the West with his hipster antics. Dude is trash, only white boys from burbs listen to this boring fuck. Anyways, real bidness needing addressing: Ice Cube Death Certificate > Anything Feminem has ever put out Only white people would repudiate that FACT! Fuck that wack white boy and this weirdo too

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