Kendrick Lamar "Had To Live Up" To Jay-Z's Guest Appearance
Now with a Jay-Z collaboration, the Compton rapper has his sights set on work with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu and Sade.
Kendrick Lamar felt a sense of accomplishment when he got Jay-Z's verse for the remix to his hit single "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." "It was one of them feelings where, you know, you finally reached that moment to where you're actually respected," the Compton rapper says in an interview with Get Schooled. "Jay-Z don't have to [be on] nobody's track, so for him to actually hop on a record of mine just shows the level of respect he has for me as an artist. And as a true artist, that's what you want. You have all the money in the world and the awards, and accolades and stuff, you always want that respect. For him to do that, it's just one of them things. I felt like, 'OK, I finally accomplished what I sought out to do the moment I turned 13, and that's be respected by people I respect."
Then the real work began, as Kendrick had to pen his own lyrics for the remix. "I felt like I had to try to at least come some type of correct because that was my moment," he says. "All them years of rapping and writing raps didn't mean nothing if I couldn't live up to that moment."
Although Kendrick got Jigga on his song, there's still a list of artists he hopes to collaborate with. "An artist that I want to work with now, I would say it's Erykah Badu," Kendrick says. "Sade. I haven't got a record with Snoop yet. That's kind of crazy. I really want to lock in with Snoop."