Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar discusses the comparisons of his debut versus Nas’ debut album ‘Illmatic.’
Kendrick Lamar is on the tip of everyone’s tongue after releasing his studio debut album ‘good kid, m.A.A.d. city‘ earlier this week. Some may have already called the project an “instant classic,” but Kendrick himself knows that only time will tell if the project does end up being a classic.
There were also a lot of comparisons of Kendrick’s debut t o Nas’ legendary debut ‘Illmatic.’ In a recent interview with the team at 2 Dope Boyz, Kendrick Lamar addresses these comparisons, and says that Illmatic will always be number 1 in his books.
“Illmatic? For people to even put my album in the light of that, is an accomplishment. It’s crazy to even be mentioned with it but it’s scary at the same time,” he said. “That era – I wanna say the age range now would be 30, 30 to 40 – they can recognize this was the album. Illmatic’s the album for the ’90s era when I was growing up. The stories he was telling was something I can relate to. From the response, just from the leak…these kids out here, they’re all saying the same thing: this is the feel for this era…it’s just a weird feeling to be in that same type of light, ‘cus it takes a whole lot of responsibility to keep that up in the long run and longevity, and that’s something I don’t have yet…so Illmatic will always be #1.”