Kendrick Lamar Tells New Rappers to Appreciate the OGs: ‘Respect What Got Us Here’ [WATCH]
On Tuesday (Nov. 14), Kendrick Lamar landed on Forbes annual 30 Under 30 issue. The DAMN. rapper also graced the cover and sat down with Forbes for an interview where he discussed hip-hop and today's mumble rappers.
“I want hip-hop to continue to evolve," K. Dot said. "That’s why I can’t shun a lot of the artists that may not be a Kendrick Lamar. But this is what I tell them every time I see them … be yourself and do what you do but also know who laid down the groundwork.”
But while Kendrick is interested in seeing rappers being themselves, he still wants them to show respect to those who came before them. “Don’t go on your interviews and did them and say you don’t like them and you don’t care for them," he added. "That’s your opinion, that’s cool but you have to respect them. So talking down on the folks that inspired us to do this, it’d never be right. You dig what I’m saying? So at the end of the day as long as you be who you are but respect what got us here, that’s how you continue to evolve.”
Check out Kendrick's interview with Forbes below.