Kendrick Lamar Credits Jay-Z for Bringing Out the Best in Him

Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z

Kendrick Lamar got the ultimate co-sign when Jay-Z jumped on the official remix to “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Still reveling in the moment, the Compton MC explained how the collaboration brought out the best in him.

Kendrick heard through his camp that Jay liked his album good kid, m.A.A.d city, so music executive “Big” Jon Platt reached out to Hov to make it happen.

“It’s a great feeling,” K-Dot told Funkmaster Flex during an interview on Hot 97. “I always looked up to Jay, being a young boy, being a student of the game, so for him to acknowledge my talents and be on the record, that’s an honor. That’s one of my moments.”

After hearing Jay’s verse, he knew he had to go hard. “When I heard that thing he sent back, I said to himself, I can’t be no floozy on this motherfucka,” he laughed.

“All them years of being in the studio, all them years of writing, of freestyling, and just being a student of the game, don’t mean shit if I can’t live up to this track. It didn’t mean nothing if I couldn’t do the best of my abilities to at least stand out in some type of way on the record with him.”

It took him 24 hours to record his verses. “I was so excited, it took me a day.”

The remix is another testament to his talent, which landed him at #1 on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” list. “I feel it’s well deserved. I can’t knock my talent and my hard work. I’ve been doing this for a long time,” said a confident K-Dot.

Kendrick and Jay-Z will meet up again on the upcoming “Yahoo! On the Road” tour.



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8 Comments

  1. Lil' Kim

    He deserves all the acknowledgement. He went HAM

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  2. JB

    Im happy Kendrick is such a big fan of Hov and realises how important he has been in Hip Hop

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  3. T

    Kendrick has an ill skill set and even if you don’t personally like his music you can’t deny the range of skill he’s showed since he first came out.

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  4. mow moe

    kendrick lamar is dope with or without jay-z co-sign. why people act like you need jay-z to tell you if you are a good artist or not? thats dumb

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @mow moe, the mind is a terrible thing to waste. reading is fundamental. you are such a cliche’ … did anyone say anything about NEEDING jay z to co-sign. kendrick said that as a student of the game, he studied hov. who rather you like it or not will be remember as one of the greatest of all time for his flow, word play, business acumen, longevity, etc. don’t come in here killing the positive vibe. #youdidthatkendrick

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    da fan Reply:

    @mow moe,who daznt have Jay z as his top 5 of all time? Who is the most consistent rapper? Who hasnt fallen off? who is still artistic at the same time executive? #Bitch dont kill the vibe!!#

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  5. shell

    Kdot is such a dope emcee im so happy for him he deserves all the praise he is getting

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  6. Jade

    Damn, after all his success, this dude is still humbled. Respect.

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