Kendrick Lamar will undoubtedly go down in history as one of Hip Hop’s best and will influence the coming generations of rap hopefuls. But the Compton lyricist recently named the rappers who heavily influenced his own style, sharing his Top 5 when he was a guest on Power 106 LA’s The Cruz Show.
K.Dot spoke on a bevy of topics and shared details with the hosts regarding his latest studio record, DAMN. When asked by J Cruz if he had a Top 5, Lamar gave a thorough answer.
“Yeah, I got a Top 5…I gotta write…this in any order, too. Give me [JAY-Z]. Give me Em. Give me Pac. Give me B.I.G. and give me Snoop,” said Lamar, while actually writing it down so as not to lose his thoughts.
He continued with, “These are the cats that inspire me like the most in music, the most for sure. And if you break down how I approach lyrics, you can hear the influence of each and every one of these dudes.”
Lamar seemed to have some reservations about leaving Nas out of his Top 5, adding how hard it is to come up with a legit list the covers every angle.
Watch the interview clip above.