Kendrick Lamar has learned a lot from the influential rappers that came before him. He's taken note of what they did best to bring them the success that they got, and he's developed it into his own killer style. Kendrick is a rapper who has bars, delivery, great word play, flow - the whole package. During his recent interview with Nessa from Wild 94.9, Kendrick broke down the list of his top 5 rappers, dead or alive.
Here's what Kendrick had to say:
"My top five, dead or alive. Tupac, definitely. Tupac because the emotion that he put in and how much he related to the people, and how much he connected. That's what music is about. Music is supposed to move, whether you're saying the most intricate stuff or the most simple, dumbed down. You gotta make some type of connection, and I feel like he did that the best.
"Biggie, because of his wit. Biggie's wit was incredible. His wit and his character, his personality and his flow and most of all, his confidence. Anybody that can talk about themselves on a record and still have screaming women at the front of the stage, unless you know it goes a long way with your confidence in being an artist.
"Jay-Z, it's an incredible thing where you can listen to his music and feel like you're having a sit-down with him. Nas, the art of storytelling, I think Hip Hop is really based on that and getting your point across. Nas does that incredibly. Eminem, just being a wordsmith, an amazing wordsmith."