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Kendrick Lamar Reveals What He Learned Touring With Kanye West



Kendrick Lamar spent much of late 2013 touring as the opening act for King Kanye on the rapper’s Yeezus tour. Kendrick, who had a stellar 2013 himself, revealed in an interview with Hollywood Reporter what it was like touring with Ye across North America.

“Kanye taught me to never to downplay your ideas,” the Compton lyricist shared. “I learned to always stay as creative as possible and never have any boundaries. Those things that people called ‘rants’ on-stage are real conversations that we had behind closed doors — about business and how when you get to a certain level people won’t want to see you break through because they only see you as a rapper.”

Kendrick also addressed the most talked about verse in music last year: his ferocious verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” “It wasn’t pre-meditated, it just came to me when I was writing that bar,” Lamar explained. “The crazy part is, I didn’t think it would ever go to where diss records were coming at me. I thought people would be like … he threw some challenges out there … that was dope.”

Check out the rest of King Kendrick’s interview here.

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