Kendrick Lamar Discusses Fame, Jay-Z & Nickname
In the latest “Wild Issue” of Bullet Magazine, Kendrick Lamar spoke with Ben Barna about his new found fame, Jay-Z’s success, and where his nickname “K. Dot” came from. Below are some of the highlighted points during the interview.
When Lamar was asked about his newly attained fame, the rapper said it trips you out.
“Shit like that trips you out. Even just walking onto your tour bus and seeing a full-blown studio in there, you’re like, Damn, I’m really doing this shit.”
Later in the article, he spoke on the success of Jay-Z.
“How many tours has he been on? How many verses has he put down? How many interviews? How many radio shows? People forget that. They can’t fathom how a dude from the Marcy Projects is sitting next to Barack Obama, so they make up all types of crazy shit and forget the facts: This nigga dedicated every single day of his life to this, and what he has wasn’t just given to him. It’s no mistake he’s at where he’s at.”
On the streets, Lamar is known by a different name and he explains why he chose to use his real name over his nickname “K.Dot”.
“I’ll always be K.Dot out in the hood and to my homies. But using my real name is symbolic of me showing people who I really am.”