Kendrick Lamar isn’t the sort of rapper who spends too much time sweating the haters.
For those who haven’t heard the news, Lamar and his work recently popped up during Lupe Fiasco’s recent chat with New York City’s Hot 97. Although the rapper said he didn’t have an issue with Lamar or Top Dawg Entertainment, he wasn’t overly complementary of Kendrick’s lyrical output. However, it’s not as bad as others have claimed.
According to BET, Lupe seems to think MF Doom outshines Kendrick in the writing department. This doesn’t necessary mean Fiasco hates Lamar’s music. Far from it. However, he does feel there are other people possess stronger writing skills.
Here’s what Lupe had to say about Kendrick’s work:
“I think the level of lyricism has to be extremely high and it has to be something that is inarguable. You can’t argue like, ‘He’s wack,’ ’cause now you coming from a personal place, your personal opinion… When I come as a rapper to other rappers and I hear what you’re saying in the rap, where you say you’re ‘the best’ [but] your verse is wack? You can’t have a wack verse and say you’re the best.”
HipHopDX reports that it wasn’t long before someone asked Kendrick Lamar to respond to these comments. Unlike other rappers who tend to get their feathers ruffled whenever someone spits some negativity, Lamar seemed to take Fiasco’s criticisms in stride. He also had a few choice words for Troy Ave, who once described the rapper as a “weirdo.”
Kendrick told KIIS FM:
“Everybody entitled to they opinion. You feel me? I just continue to do what I do,” the rapper said. “But, you know, everybody feel they own aspects of it and how they look at different artists. But I just continue to do what I do. I don’t even know what the definition [is]. I never met him [Troy Ave]. I never really focused on his music either.”
There’s probably a very good reason why Kendrick Lamar isn’t too worried about the sort of things people are saying these days. The Inquisitr previously reported that the rapper is teaming up with West Coast legend and recent billionaire Dr. Dre for the follow-up to his acclaimed album good kid, m.A.A.d city.
“One thing about Dre is you can’t take the music away from him, no matter how much money he has, he’s always in the studio. Before the deal, after the deal, he’s always locked in there; that’s something that I know personally,” the rapper explained.
It doesn’t really matter what people say about Kendrick Lamar or his music. The guy is clearly going to keep doing his own thing.
[Image via BET]