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Video: Kendrick Lamar Reacts To ‘Illmatic’ Comparisons

October 23, 2012 · Posted in interview, Videos · 17 Comments 

While in Vegas recording “The Heart Pt. 3,” Kendrick Lamar sat down with the folks of 2DBZ and The Well Versed for a chat. Lamar talked about people comparing Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City to Nas’ 1994 debut, Illmatic. K.Dot also talked about Andre 3000’s reaction when he heard Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City. Remember, GKMC is now in stores everywhere.

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17 Responses to “Video: Kendrick Lamar Reacts To ‘Illmatic’ Comparisons”

  1. Mr. Tv Reference on October 23rd, 2012 6:03 pm

    This shit is getting out of hand. GKMC was good but Illmatic good…. Hell NO!!!

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  2. Rapoholic on October 23rd, 2012 6:40 pm

    Oh! God Now they are comparing it to illmatic ?

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  3. Mike R on October 23rd, 2012 6:42 pm

    Great album, my favorite of the year thus far, but Illmatic? Nah I cant fly with that.

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  4. MosDef on October 23rd, 2012 7:00 pm

    I haven’t heard anyone compare to illmatic…anyways two waaay different albums in different eras. Both good album. Just not comparable, I wonder who brought that up lol

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  5. K.dot dickriders on October 23rd, 2012 8:12 pm

    Fuck no!!!! Wtf!!!!!!

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  6. cm on October 23rd, 2012 9:17 pm

    CD is average, nothing special, better than other pop-rap mmg ymcm garbage, nas is on another level.

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  7. AfricaRising on October 23rd, 2012 9:22 pm

    But in context. . Like Illmatic. . GKMC is the album that captures the mindset of a wher young people are at in the time we live. Or that moral struggle that young people face. So Im not sayin its betta. . . But like Illmatic. Its somethin fresh.

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  8. The Royal One on October 23rd, 2012 10:47 pm

    People always ready to compare. I personally thought that the album was an average 7/10. It’s not an instant classic or won’t be a classic even in years to come. But he’s the best Cali rapper out. For now. Hahahahaha.

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    MosDef Reply:

    @The Royal One, I know its your opinion n its cool. Just was wondering why u thought the album was average? What album would you consider better than this one?

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  9. Dean on October 23rd, 2012 10:58 pm

    It was a great album. We are in a different generation. I’m tired of these people that are afraid to touch the topic of comparisons to Nas or Biggie. History repeats itself whether you like it or not. One day there is going to be someone better than Kobe or Michael. Its a different generation and Kendrick touched the souls of many. Its more than just the flow. A gifted MC has everything. A gifted MC doesnt depend on lyrical flow to win over a large group. A gifted MC can flow, tell a story, being a movement and inspire individuals. I like Nas im a huge fan but torches have to be passed. Great Job Kendrick. Growing up in the streets of Los Angeles this album hit me because he was telling a story as if he were broke. Classic it was a movie with no camera’s. just ears

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Dean, I grew up in LA too so that’s why I can relate to this album alot. Him mentioning Rosecrans alot I grew up on that street. If u know the area you know Rosecrans runs along way..I was in the city of paramount. Anyways I agree with u torches have to be passed. Just like college dropout can’t be compared to illmatic neither can k dots album.

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  10. Youngin on October 23rd, 2012 11:27 pm

    I can’t really say anything about the comparison because I’ve never listened to illmatic,and there’s dudes here that also haven’t,yet they commenting bullshit

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    drizz Reply:

    @Youngin, co-sign

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    Mr. Tv Reference Reply:

    I’ve heard illmatic and i’ve heard GKMC and it should’nt be in the same coversation. GKMC was good but it wasn’t the best album to me this year, Life is Good is the best. I personally think if it wasn’t for the skits at the end of every song it wouldn’t be as great as everyone say it is. Memory Lane shits on the whole GKMC. It’s like comparing Seinfeld to Modern Family. One is a classic and the other is getting too much credit for not being as groundbreaking as everyone think it is. Ehh but that’s just my opinion

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    Listen To Charlie Reply:

    @Mr. Tv Reference,

    Kindda agree with you on the skits issue.
    First I didn’t liked them at all.
    But when I listen to the whole album, as one, they maked much sense, and I felt they even were necessary:
    I think he should also drop a Version without skits, and with a song in each track, as in opossite with Sing Of Me / I’m Dyin’ Of Thirst.

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  11. Curt on October 24th, 2012 3:26 am

    Great albums need time to sink in and too really understand the concept in full. It got released yesterday lol… How about we discuss this couple years down the road when the next “big project” is released

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  12. Truth on October 24th, 2012 6:16 am

    Greatness isn’t achieved in a day, it’s achieved over time. Longevity is the means to the greatness. You guys are buggin out. In April of ’94 an album came out called Illmatic. I remember listening to it thinkin wow this is damn good but it aint touchin The Chronic or The Low End Theory. Now 18 years later only a fool would say that Illmatic doesn’t compare to any rap album. Its great, its a classic. After listening to GKMC, i thought wow. This album is real, transcendent, intro/extrospective and powerful. Same emotions came out after listening to Illmatic. BUT is it a classic ? Who knows ? Yall sure as hell don’t. We won’t know if it’s a classic for another 5, 10, 15 years. But for now, fuck the legacy of the album and just enjoy the good music that the young fella created. Underground or mainstream, there is nothing out quite like him and his movement. Enjoy the music everybody. One Love !

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