Kendrick Lamar Explains Why He Avoids Music Disputes

posted Tuesday January 01 ,2013 at 02:00PM CST | 81 comments

Kendrick Lamar Explains Why He Avoids Music Disputes

Kendrick Lamar discusses the pitfalls of rap beef and explains why he avoids it.

Even though Shyne gave him more than enough reason to retaliate, Kendrick Lamar turned the other cheek after the former Bad Boy went out on a limb to call his Aftermath debut good kid, m.A.A.d city "trash." Now, in a recent interview with Acclaim Magazine, the Compton upstart discusses why he abstains from rap beef.

K. Dot explained that while he understands the effectiveness of beef as a marketing tool, he makes sure to avoid engaging in feuds with other emcees. He said that he prefers to let the quality of his music dictate his legacy, not his actions against detractors.

"I mean it’s the entertainment business, you can never forget that, so I don’t knock other people’s strategies to keep themselves relevant, I just comprehend that the music comes first and always speaks first, no matter what you do," he said. "You can say the most outlandish thing but if you drop a record the next day and it’s trash now you’re just a popular person. I don’t just wanna be a popular person, I want my music to always live because that’s what’s gonna drive your legacy. You can be the most popular person on the planet. There’s a lot of artists that are way more popular than Kendrick Lamar, but when it’s time for their album to drop and that week is up or that year is up and the reception from that album is not as critically strong as good kid, m.A.A.d city, it shows…I just let the music speak. I don’t get into all the crazy shenanigans of the business. I let the music speak and at the end of the day that always stands."

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  • Emily G
    Glad Kendrick understands why beef is basically pointless. Probably why he is liked by so many. Speaking of, I found this remix of "B!tch Don't Kill My Vibe" by Watch The Duck https://soundcloud.com/watchtheduck Anyone else have a good K. Dot remix they can direct me to?
  • Anonymous
    "they dont give out platinum plaques for total albums sold" They also don't give plaques to repretitive haters. Total album sales say alot about an artist's complete body of work. Notice I said COMPLETE. Anybody can look at one album and say oh that flopped, but if a dude's gone gold 3 times, then he's not in it for the plaques. He's in it for the end result which is respect.
    • Anonymous
      na na na na na na na na na na na na na QUOTE-MAN QUOTE-MAN QUOTE-MAN
  • Anonymous
    Keep avoiding beefs cause you know even Chief Keef can rap circles around you.
    • Anonymous
      nicca, chief keef cant even spell his own name, and he cant rap period,
  • Anonymous
    Its a shame how these niggas on this site report every little thing K-Dot says and yall cornball online niggas eat that shit up. So many cornball comments i don't even know where to start with you corns. I fucks with Kendrick and i fucks with TDE but this shit is getting crazy. This nigga says who his favorite album is it becomes an article. This nigga takes a shit in public it comes out green you niggas eat that shit up. Now he tells you he doesn't get into rap beef and online cornball niggas praise that shit. Drake said the same shit last year you fucking geeks.
    • Take Over
      Yet you still clicked the article and read it, so what does that tell you?
    • Anonymous
      No actually i click the article to get entertain by you nerd online niggas. I have to say you geeks always surprise me.
    • Anonymous
      oh yeah i didn't read the article. If you want to call this an article fuck kind of reporting that is. But you clowns make me laugh with yall comments.
  • Anonymous
    "stopped selling at around 440k, ross has no platinum alums and never will" Total album sales in the low millions. Two platinum singles. Will have another album out in 2013. Hate on hater.
    • Anonymous
      we been through this son, they dont give out platinum plaques for total albums sold
  • Anonymous
    Real ass talk
  • Anonymous
    this nigga looks like Captain Olimar from Pikmin in that photo
  • Anonymous
    In 24 hours, Kendrick will explain why he doesn't swim after eating at Chevy's.
  • bkstylz
    Okay but every great rapper has had a wax battle to endure. Just sayin. It is a part of the music and has been since the beginning.
  • The_Observer
    hahah Kendrick throwing subliminal smart shots @ Shyne and 50 Cent (the King of starting beefs just to stay relevant) Grown Man Talk Kendrick
  • Jay Kid 2 Fly
    Beef does nothing but harm.....look at 40 glock and the game or whomever. Just make good music!
  • Rick Ross
    Niggaz talkin bout how Kendrick sellin the most this yr is crazy talk "God Forgives, I dont" multi platinum n still sellin worldwide MMG BOSS
    • Anonymous
      you joking right, shit stopped selling at around 440k, ross has no platinum alums and never will
  • Anonymous
    Now that's the God's Honest Truth!
  • Mortis
    Hard to beef when Dr Dre fucks your ass and makes you queef
    • Dashing
      Umm...the fact that you conceived that sentence, thought about it and then decided to write it here makes you incredibly suspect bro.
    • john
      dashing... thts so true mahn! :D i smell smething here,, damn!hahaha
  • Anonymous
    beef is 4 weak rappers, get that paper kendrick
  • Anonymous
    atleast one rapper that hasnt grown up instead of 50 cent, game etc.
  • Anonymous
    kendrick grew up beside dre dre's breeding rappers
    • Anonymous
      dres running a sweat shop full of baby rappers and surrounds them with bing so they can relate and write about it
    • Anonymous
      ^@ 2nd Anon, hahaha that is great.
  • Anonymous
    comes power comes great responsibility time for kendrick to bring hiphop back to its roots bitch dont kill my vibe should be illegal
  • Anonymous
    Kendrick Recalls The First Time He Gave Head To Dr. Dre
  • Anonymous
    Notice how he dissed Shyne without ever actually saying it. "other peoples strategies to keep themselves relevant" He's basically saying Shyne is a nobody, and he's using this diss to get himself attention. Shyne is a nobody, he's gotten more attention for his comments then any record he put out this year. But, at the end of the day, anybody willing to listen to Shyne knows the following: he sucks, and his music can't touch K.Dot's. Shyne needs to realize that freedom of speech doesn't mean that you can't get criticized for saying the things you say. He can have an opinion, but we can all agree that it's wrong, very wrong
  • Anonymous
    He didn't turn the other cheek though lol... Dump'n?
    • Folarin
      dump'n wasnt really a diss it wass just a track to celebrate how wavy his album was and all the sales it made while doin that shit he made everyone laugh at dat fuck nigga shyne for talkin dat dum shit "ya pray to god this week i be puttin up bombs,i pray to god this beat is good enough for shyne, If not j.cole ya shit is traaash ,well atleast my opinion juss made everyone laugh" -K.lamar
  • StankFoot
    Rap Beefs are for Pussies! Only Pussies Diss and make baseless threats from afar!
    • Anonymous
      the irony......
  • Anonymous
    Rap Beef is gayer then 2 men having sex with each other. Rap Beef is gayer then Elton John singinging "Here comes the bride" at Boy George & Frank Oceans wedding. If you got beef with somebody, meet up somewhere and fight it out, then shut the fuck up...... Anything else makes you an attention whore who can't get people to pay attention to your music without a name in your mouth.
    • Anon
      Damn, you're not funny at all.
  • Anonymous
    it all comes down to peer pressure and popularity reason why he got so popular
  • d-nucks
    this sounds well and good.....but the game don't change just the players....somebody is going to test Kendrick...its the nature of the buisness...somebody is going to come along and go at him...cuase of his succcess...he is quickly moving to become one of the top dawgs in the industry...somebody is going to diss him to the point where he will have to respond....diss him alot worse than shyne. eminem, jay-z, nas, pac, big,TI, ludacris, wayne, drake, nicki....all have been tested or dissed to the point they had to respond...it won't be any different for Kendrick
    • Anonymous
      good thing he got a crew full of spitters, his crew tde cannot be fucked with
    • Ernie
      @d-nucks: Who doe? Who, knowing this nigga's catalogue and lyrical dexterity is really gonna test him?
  • Anonymous
    this guy has more brains than the entire hip hop industry put together