A lot has been made of the relationship between Compton upstart Kendrick Lamar and his Aftermath Records boss Dr. Dre. Now, in a recent interview with the UK’s i-D Magazine, the TDE emcee recalls first meeting with the Good Doctor and their earliest work together.

K. Dot explained that he remembers not being nervous when he first met with Dre, saying that he was more excited because it meant that he had finally got his chance at success. He also explained that their first encounter was their first time recording together, during which they made the Just Blaze-produced song “Compton.”

“I was very excited [when I first met Dr. Dre], I wasn’t nervous at all. I was more excited because I knew that this was my shot,” he said. “Everything that I worked for, everything that I built up to came down to that moment…that moment, I recorded my first song with Dre, which was ‘Compton,’ which is the last song on my album [good kid, m.A.A.d city].”

Check out the full interview below.

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