Kendrick Lamar and Glasses Malone discuss their new track, “Thuggin” and their relationship on “Mixing the Masterpiece” a three-minute-plus visual that takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the song’s creation.

Within the clip, which was shot at Skip Saylor studios in L.A., Kendrick talks about respecting Glasses before he was famous and how it felt when he was first introduced to him.

“Way before the world knew me as Kendrick Lamar, I was K. Dot, just rapping and hoping I would get my feet wet in the game,” Kendrick recalls. “I was a fan of Glasses, when he was with black Wall and I heard him rapping with Game. Top Dawg introduced me to him, I was like ‘damn, I finally met Glasses’ he had the mixtape out, killin’ the streets. It was just an honor to sit there and watch.”

After finding out Glasses was close with one of his family members, Kendrick says “that, made the relationship even deeper.”

“When you can walk around and get respect from damn near every neighborhood in Compton,  every neighborhood in Watts, because you went out there and claimed your name, that goes a long way,” Kendrick says. “You can never misrepresent that in the industry, people will spot that.”

Elsewhere in the visual, “Because I stand for what I stand for with force,” he says, rationalizing his statement. “If I don’t like what you’re doing,  I’ll say something openly, that’s what makes me a thug. I’m a thug by that means. I do have a purpose, so then it becomes funny because most thugs don’t have a purpose.”

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