Kendrick Lamar discusses recent MTV snub, working w/ Pharrell & rivalry w/ ScHoolBoy Q [Video]


Critically acclaimed artist Kendrick Lamar recently sat down with blogger Karen Civil as the lastest subject for her online interview series, Civilized Talk, speaking honestly about his feeling on being snubbed by music presenter Sway and the folks over at MTV for their 2011 incarnation of the Hottest MC’s List.

The usually open, frank but humble Black Hippy states, “I just look at it as opinion factor. Its all about what the people want at the end of the day. You know what it is… its not really a big thing to me… I know it’s more exposure but the people know what it is. All its gonna do is bring more controversy to the game.”

Speaking on his recent work with production and songwriting juggernaut Pharrell Williams, the Compton bred emcee spoke about the amount of work (thus far) he and the Neptune had put in but unfortunately failed to elude as to which project the heats rocks were recorded for. “Me and P knocked out about six records,” he says. “I’m excited for the people to hear ’em man. I’m like, ‘Damn I wanna throw one of them out’ [to Pharrell], but he’s like, ‘Nahhh, it’s too good.'”

With fellow TDE emcee ScHoolBoy Q‘s monster rise in popularity since the release of his debut album Setbacks, guest verses, live performances and recently since the unleashing of the critically acclaimed Habits & Contradictions long player many have been quick to compare the two Californians and at times pip the two against each other.

Speaking on the apparent rivalry K.Dot had this to say, “That’s how we continue to better ourselves. Overall when they say that’s better or this is better [in reference to both of the rhymers’ bodies of work] we still moving as a unit at the end of the day its TDE.”

“We’ll make our little inside jokes in the studio but we’re homies.. we can do that. But overall when the public look at it and see we’re all moving thats bettering the company [Top Dawg Ent.], thats bettering our situation to carry on.” 

Watch the interview below.