Nas gave props to Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, claiming that it was one of his favorite albums of 2012. During his interview, Esco said, "No disrespect to nobody else in rap music, but Kendrick Lamar. I’m really happy about his record. I needed that. His record reaches you. It gives you hope."
K. Dot responded to the compliment during an interview with Fuse, stating that he's honored that someone as influential as Nas would give such high marks to one of his projects.
"That's crazy, I didn't hear that," he said. "That's amazing, just off the fact that it's Nas. You can hear the influence [of him] on my storytelling. For somebody who's been a lead player in this game for so many years, a veteran as far as longevity and skill, that's an accomplishment just on words alone."
He agreed with the fact that his album was the best release of 2012, chalking it up to his hard work and knowing how much time he put into it.
"I definitely feel like that. It's about hard work. Not to knock anybody else, but I know the work and the time that I put into this album. Months and no sleep and just working in that studio. I definitely feel like I can't slide nothing away as far as the accomplishment and accolades that the world is saying. I definitely feel that way."