Kendrick Lamar is no stranger to thanking his idols, we saw just this earlier in the summer when he interviewed NWA for the release of the “Straight Outta Compton” movie release. Yesterday though was remembrance of a much different kind as Kendrick wrote a letter to Tupac Shakur on the 19th anniversary of his death.
I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you. I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was.
The people that you touched on that small intersection changed lives forever. I told myself I wanted to be a voice for man one day. Whoever knew I was speaking out loud for u to listen.
Kendrick has threaded the legacy of Tupac into his own work many times, most recently in his latest album “To Pimp A Butterfly” by ending the project with an interview with the late rapper. Real recognizes real and K.Dot continues to go a step further. Check out Kendrick’s debut on Sway in the Morning below.