According to Kendrick Lamar, his involvement in the upcoming Dr. Dre album, Detox, is a reward for being willing to go against the grain. The increasingly popular Compton emcee described himself as “a good kid in a bad city,” and during a recent interview with ThisIs50, Kendrick gave his take on why he and Dre worked so well together.

“He don’t like to get what’s hot, the cliché or what’s poppin’ now” Lamar added. “His thing is, every album you wanna bring somebody new and fresh into the game. He likes to see people from nothing make it to the top and be heard. Fortunately, I was one of the people blessed to be on that tape.”

Due to the multiple delays of Detox, much of the information about the album has changed. But with the two singles “Kush” and “I Need A Doctor” on the charts now, it appears as if the album will finally see the light of day, and Kendrick Lamar will be a part of it.

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“I’ve been in the lab with him for the past two months, and it’s just another level of perfection,” Lamar explained. “I thought at one point I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to sound. But when you go in the studio with Dre, a legend—a genius—it puts you back on humble ground. Being the fact that Dre is from Compton, and me listening to him riding down Rosecrans. My pops and my uncles were putting me up on him, and now me being in the studio with him…showing me his craft and how he got to the point he’s at today fucks me up in the head.”