Kendrick Lamar Speaks on How Jay Z Influenced Him

During his Saturday morning interview with Zane Lowe for Beats 1, Kendrick Lamar spoke on how Jay Z, Eminem, and Tupac were some of his biggest influences in the early stages of his career. He spoke on how he always wanted to have the conversationally feel of Jay Z verses, and how he started out not writing his verses (something Jay Z is known for) just because he wanted to be like Jay Z.


His words below...

"My boy Dave will tell you. I was in his garage and, you know, all my ad-libs sounded like Jay Z. My words. My flow...with Jay Z, I wanted to have the conversational type of wordplay and aspect of things, you know. Whether I am engaging in a story or I'm just having fun. It felt like he was natural and he was fluent with it."











And then Zane Lowe cut in to mention the fact that Jay Z doesn't write down his verses, and Kendrick said...

"Yea, I did that too...but it all...It all worked for me years down the line when I could go in and just do the craziest verse, you know, just off of emotions and of my own experiences. You know. Where I don't feel like I need to actually put the thoughts down on paper. You know. At first I was doing it because I just wanted to be like Jay Z. You know. But with time it became a practice. You know. And by the time I got back to writing my rhymes, you know, I knew the full potential in that. I knew the creative process in that, and what worked in that."

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