Kendrick Lamar Reveals His Favorite Artist And His Last Name Is Sweatshirt

Kendrick Lamar’s album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is at the top of many lists of best albums of 2015 so far. But, who does he think is an artist worth listening to?

BET.com reports that in a recent Twitter chat with his fans, Lamar opened up to his fans about a wide range of topics. During the Q&A, he disclosed that Earl Sweatshirt is his favorite artist of the moment.

Earl Sweatshirt is a member of the member of the Los Angeles-based hip hop group Odd Future. He is signed to Columbia Records and his own Tan Cressida. Earl first gained prominence for his first mixtape, Earl. In 2013, he released his debut studio album, Doris, to rave reviews from fans and critics. Earlier this year, he dropped his sophomore album I Don’t Like S**t, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt was released on iTunes and in stores.

Looks like Sweatshirt has lots of admiration for Lamar, as well. He spoke to Grantland recently about Kendrick’s artistry and his influence.

“Kendrick is so explicit in the way that that n**** writes. Like, it’s so explicit. He’s the opposite of mystery; everything is fully spelled out. But it’s in [an] Everyman’s language. You can really, really understand it. It’s sophisticated but it doesn’t take a lot to understand what he’s talking about.” he said. “Whatever nuances I’m not feeling with a Kendrick [Lamar]–type album, I’m still so thankful for his position because he’s doing that work so that fools like me can still find myself,” he said. Since the two artists are from California, we can only hope that there’s a collaboration in the works.

During the Q&A, Kendrick also revealed his opinions on Lil Wayne, his favourite song off the new album, and his artistic process for making To Pimp a Butterfly.

The Twitter Q&A was a rare showing for Kendrick, who’s an artist who’s hardly ever on social media and prefers to let his work speak for itself. He didn’t do a lot of press interviews ahead of the release of TPAB, so social media events like this help the fans to really get a sense of who he is and where his art is coming from.

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