Rap veteran Nas recently gave his thoughts on hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar piecing together his long-awaited good kid, m.A.A.d city follow-up amid endless praises throughout the music biz.
Comparing his iconic 1994 Illmatic album to K. Dot’s 2012 release, Nas said he believes the West Coast rapper is prepared.
“It’s something I thought about with Kendrick because his first album was received so well and already in his career, outside of his album, he shook up the rap game. So he’s just set up for his second offering. The [anticipation] is through the roof. It’s such a great place to be for someone who’s a writer, especially in a business today where it’s about singles and records that just go off in the club. It’s more artists coming out just slinging singles than banging albums. He’s an album guy. Those guys, it’s a different league. It’s an exciting moment for us.” (Complex)
Nasir Jones also expressed his confidence in Lamar following up a classic hip-hop release.
“I know he got it. There’s no way he can mess it up because the love he has from the game is so large that he can almost mumble on the record and it’s going to be in rhythm and it’s going to be next level. So he’s in a great place because, again, there’re so many single artists that the album artist just holds up as a whole different kind of value. And he’s that kind of guy. So whatever he does, in my opinion, will be appreciated but at the same time he knows he has to bring it. It’s about challenges, right? Life’s about challenges. In this game it’s about challenges.” (Complex)
Instead of bottling his concerns, K. Dot recently said he was excited about piecing together his next LP.
“It’s not really pressure,” Kendrick said in an interview. “I just keep the same instinct, doing what I feel, that makes me feel good at the moment. It’s really more excitement to get back in the studio and really do what I do. Nah, I don’t really feel pressure. … I’ll probably know exactly what [the title] is when I’m done with the music.” (93.7 The Beat)
Back in March, TDE head Anthony Tiffith promised projects from his camp, including K. Dot’s LP, were in the pipeline.
“@justsza Z 4.8.14, @abdashsoul ,@jayrock and @kendricklamar coming soon be patient…#TDE #0XYMORON #CilviaDemo OUT NOW!,” Top Dawg tweeted March 20. (Top Dawg’s Twitter)