Kendrick Lamar is getting nothing but love from some of rap’s biggest voices.
Not only did the rapper score several Grammy nominations this year, he also received some plenty of kudos from two iconic performers in the genre. Ice T and Busta Rhymes both have nothing but positive things to say about Lamar, though the Law & Order: SVU star seems particularly smitten with the guy’s recent musical output.
“Kendrick Lamar is dope. Kendrick is like an old spirit, but the thing of it is Kendrick came out of Dre’s camp. And to get a pass from Dr. Dre you got to be dope,” Ice T recently told the folks at Vibe.
The rapper-turned-actor believes rap fans were originally drawn to Kendrick Lamar because he doesn’t spend a lot of time discussing his frivolous things. Since Ice T feels that rappers are always remembered for the things they said and not the things they own, he believes Lamar’s music is the real deal.
“That’s all that’s going to be around when it’s all over. So just stay heavy and don’t be afraid to be heavier than the next cat. Kendrick dissed a few rappers and the world went crazy because nobody says nothing anymore,” he told the publication.
Another rapper who feels Kendrick Lamar deserves all the attention he’s getting these days is Busta Rhymes. During his recent conversation with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the rapper said he was very pleased with the recent Grammy nominations.
“I’m happy for Kendrick, I really think Kendrick deserves his seven nominations man. I’m happy for Jay Z, I think he deserves his nine nominations,” Busta Rhymes explained.
In addition to scoring several Grammy nominations and getting nothing but love from two of rap’s biggest names, Kendrick Lamar was recently named one of GQ magazine’s Men of the Year for 2013. However, Lamar and his record label weren’t exactly thrilled with the way he ultimately was portrayed in the interview.
Top Dawg Entertainment Anthony Tiffith explained:
“The racial overtones immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars [Tupac and B.I.G.]… As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party. While we think it’s a tremendous honor to be named as one of the Men Of The Year, these lazy comparisons and offensive suggestions are something we won’t tolerate.”
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