Kendrick Lamar most recently received a salute from Lil Wayne who joined the rapper on stage at Power 106’s Cali Christmas LIVE. In an interview with Civil TV, Lamar spoke on how Weezy played a role in his style over the years and what it meant to get respect from the Young Money leader.
“The craziest thing about Wayne, what people don’t understand is that you get a lot of younger cats that’s listening to him now and feel he’s a new artist,” he said.
“I go all the way back to the Hot Boys days and being 13, listening to this dude. Just remembering the staple he put on the game back then all the way to now, to have that longevity years beyond it. For him to actually acknowledge what I’m doing right now and seeing it as a path, the same way the longevity he created, it’s a great feeling to share that same stage and a moment with him. Wayne ain’t no new jack to this game. He influenced a lot of styles and a lot of sounds. I would say I was influenced by a certain sound and flow and cadence that he brung to the game.”