Looks like Kendrick Lamar has another fan in the form of a heavyweight industry player. The name in Kendrick’s corner shouldn’t come as a surprise to many. Rapper Lil Wayne came forward to show Kendrick some support, as people are still talking about his snubs at the Grammys, which seemed to launch Kendrick Lamar’s career even further.
According to Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, referred to as K. Dot by some of his fans, just can’t be beat in the hip hop game right now. During a Q&A session at CRWN with Elliott Wilson, Lil Wayne said that, “Ain’t nobody touch that dude.”
As for other hip hop artists, the legendary rapper, Ice Cube, has his own unique take on Kendrick’s Grammy loss. According to The Associated Press, Ice Cube spoke about Macklemore’s win. Like most, Ice Cube believes that the up-and-coming rapper Kendrick Lamar should have won the Grammy for Best Rap Album and blames it on the “popularity contest” that the Grammys are embedded in.
“It’s typical. It’s the Grammys, what do you expect? But for them to pass up true skills for what could be fly-by-night success. … I don’t want to dis anybody, but seriously.”
In so many words, Ice Cube said that Macklemore shouldn’t have won the coveted Grammy Award for Best Album because unlike Kendrick Lamar, he doesn’t think the rapping duo has staying power.
As we reported, even Macklemore didn’t understand why he won, and after he accepted the award he texted Kendrick Lamar to apologize. The text read, “You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech, and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love.”
Of the text Kendrick told Billboard last month that the text surprised him.
“That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude. However it panned out, I wish him much success. He touched people’s souls, and no one can take that away. Really, the whole Grammy moment was incredible. Not everyone gets that shot.”
Currently while he’s racking up fans in the industry, Kendrick is making a follow up to be released in September. If you can’t wait that long, check out his single with YG called “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)”