Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is one of GQ‘s 2013 Men of the Year and also the Rapper of the Year, according to the publication.

K. Dot spit an exclusive freestyle for the magazine, talks with Steve Marsh about the four rappers that influenced his career and is photographed by Sebastian Kim.

Tupac Shakur

Tupac could’ve been everything for the urban community, for the ghetto. I believe personally that he was the man to do it.

I mean it’s not nothing that happens overnight. It happens the more a person grows, the more the community grows, the more confident we could get in each other. I think Pac coulda did that.

Not to say that that time won’t come back again for someone else.”

Dr. Dre

“Women’s a weakness that men have. Period. Period. So this is what I’m gonna do. Rather then, in the early stages of west coast gangster rap, rather than just calling them b*tches and h*es and they ain’t sh*t.

I’m gonna talk about why this particular woman is a b*tch, is a h*e, and she ain’t sh*t. Rather than just saying it off the top. I’m gonna tell you why. Why? Because she had no respect for me.

Why? Because she wanna cause me and my brothers to come into conflict. Why? Because she’s out for the money and really don’t give a f*ck. You know, and that’s the reason now.

Now you know where this vulgar language comes from with NWA, with Dre. I’m gonna give you the backstory behind that.”

Snoop Dogg

“With the whole ‘Control’ verse, like, I knew it would bring an element of hip hop that hasn’t been there in a little while.

But how much people put the hype on it? That’s the only thing that threw me off. Damn, you all attracted to it this much, but this ain’t nothing no different from what I grew up listening to, from Snoop. So it’s not new to me.

I thought it wouldn’t be that much new to you guys too. But I see that it really is a whole ‘nother generation and demographic out there that’s listening. A whole ‘nother mainstream that’s not too familiar. You feel me?

Mobb Deep

We had this garage in Dave Free’s mother’s house, we just had ProTools, a mic, and a quilt hanging over the mic.

It would be late night when we would go to his mom’s house. Probably wouldn’t come out the garage until like 4 am, then wake up and go to school the next morning.

We started recording this mix tape, called Youngest Head N**** In Charge, YHNIC, and I was a big Prodigy fan at the time.

So I was really biting his style.”

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