In Rolling Stone writer Brian Hiatt's brilliant interview with GRAMMY-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, the pair weave in and out of talking about K-Dot's mindset for studio sessions.
Kendrick fondly remembers his inaugural studio appearance:
“My first time in the studio, [label chief] Top Dawg was like, ‘Man, that shit wack.’ Other artists around couldn't handle that. But it made me go back in the booth and go harder.”
And he name-drops classic rap songs when asked about recording emotionally personal songs like his "The Heart Pt. 2," giving shout-outs to Eminem's "The Way I Am," Jay-Z's "Song Cry," Tupac's "Dear Mama."