What We Learned From Kendrick Lamar’s GQ Q&A, Hint: He Thinks He Can Go Toe-to-Toe With Nas And Jay-Z


The critical acclaim the Compton newcomer has received from good kid, m.A.A.d city has Kendrick Lamar gassed. He lived up to the hype and delivered one of the year’s best albums, thus his confidence is understandably high. It’s level of highness has him thinking he can spar with Nas and Jay-Z in the studio. GQ’s Mark Anthony Green profiled the 25-year-old rapper and here’s what we learned:

Kendrick’s dad never got back his dominoes.

All the scenarios in GKMC are real, and actually took place in one day.

Sherane is a real person. In case you were wondering, her name’s not Sherane. “Hopefully she’s doing good, you know, but karma is a bitch.”

He’d want Rihanna to play Sherane in a short film. Taraji P. Henson would play his mom and Tristan Wilds as a young Kendrick.

The part people will likely hone in on is Kendrick’s audacity in admitting he believes he’s lyrically “on their toes, for sure,” and by “their” he means Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Rakim and Kurupt. “They just have a little more experience than me,” he told the magazine. “I wouldn’t get in the studio with them and be nervous, I’ll put it to you that way. I wouldn’t be nervous.” Honestly, in rap you have to think you’re the greatest, and it’s not like he hasn’t paid homage to those veteran rappers. But K.Dot has to pump his brakes if he really thinks he’s lyrically on an even playing field with Nas or Jay, or Em or Rakim. Sorry, kid.

The GQ+A: Kendrick Lamar [GQ]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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