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Kendrick Lamar Reveals the Invaluable Advice Dr. Dre Gave Him

"The easy part is not getting have to keep this big motherfucker."

Kendrick Lamar likes to dish it out, but he's also been on the receiving end of some great advice.

During his cover interview with Forbes for their 30 Under 30 issue, the TDE emcee was asked by writer Zack O'Malley Greenburg to share the best piece of advice he's received from Dr. Dre. Lamar, of course, signed his first major label deal with Dre in 2012, inking a joint pact between TDE, Aftermath and its parent label Interscope.

"I was inside his house, and I was like, 'Damn, this is a big ass house.' Like, seriously. In my head. This wasn't long ago," Lamar said. "People was like, seeing success and seeing the accolades and things I have, and it definitely took time, but all these memories play like it was yesterday...He was like, 'Yes, it's a big ass house...the easy part is not getting have to keep this big motherfucker.' You gotta continue to work. You're gonna make mistakes along the way."

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Save for a questionable co-sign of troubled Florida rapper XXXTENTACION, Lamar hasn't made many public mistakes over the past five years, personally or professionally, but that doesn't mean he isn't prepared to handle a mishap when it does occur.

"That's something that I'm learning now," Lamar said. "I don't know it all. I have to ask questions. I'm still fairly a new cat as far as, you know, being a businessman and furthering my music process and my other ventures outside of music. You have to ask questions, and that's something that I'll always continue to practice."

Clearly, Lamar is asking the right questions. According to Forbes, he has banked $78.5 million over the past half-decade, which includes a career-best $30 million in 2017. In addition to grossing more than $1 million per show in 2017, Lamar also inked a deal with Nike this past summer for an undisclosed amount.



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