New Interview: Kendrick Lamar Talks Getting Inspired by Eminem, Eminem Responds!

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Rick Rubin interviewed Kendrick Lamar via GQ magazine where he talked about many things, including getting inspired by Eminem:

 

Rick Rubin: “It’s really interesting now, with what’s going on in hip-hop. It’s almost like you’re a throwback to when lyrics mattered. So much of hip-hop today is about vibe and swag and personality, and less about words. And it sometimes sounds like even the MC doesn’t know what he’s saying on a lot of today’s records. So it’s interesting to hear the sort of clarity and depth that you go into lyrically.”
Kendrick Lamar: “The clarity, I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid. How I got in the studio was all just curiosity. I had a love for the music, but it was curiosity. The day I heard The Marshall Mathers LP, I was just like, How does that work? What is he doing? How is he putting his words together like that? What’s the track under that? An ad-lib? What is that? And then, Why don’t you go in the studio and see? So I do that. Then it became, How’s his words cutting through the beat like that? What is he doing that I’m not doing, now that I’m into it? His time is impeccable. When he wants to fall off the beat, it’s impeccable. These are things that, through experience and time, I had to learn.”

 

Surprisingly Eminem responded Kendrick Lamar via Genius Annotation:

 

Eminem: “When I first heard Kendrick’s debut on Aftermath, I couldn’t believe it. The fact that it was his first real album and he was able to make it into a story which intertwines with the skits like that was genius. That hasn’t really been done that many times, let alone on someone’s first time up. The level of wordplay, the deliveries, the beats—it’s just a masterpiece.”

 

You can check the official annotation below:

 

The clarity, I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid.
― Kendrick Lamar Talks to Rick Rubin About “Alright,” Eminem, and Kendrick’s Next Album | GQ

 

You can listen to the Kendrick’s new interview below. He talks about Eminem at 29:24