Kendrick Lamar cannot escape the shadow of Tupac Shakur.
In a new interview with MONTREALITY, veteran MC B-Real of Cypress Hill was asked about the TDE superstar and, without solicitation, drew a parallel between the dualistic nature of their music.
"When [Kendrick] wants to do some polished, pop-type shit, he can do it. And when he wants to get down and do that gritty, street, people shit, he can do that too," B-Real explained. "He definitely has the side that Pac had to him; that one dynamic that translated to both worlds. Where he can be in the pop world and he can be right here, on the street level. He's a very special MC and his songwriting abilities are off the fucking chain."
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B-Real also credited Lamar with helping to "bring the [West] Coast back," a claim that has been made by a countless number of respected industry types, including Lamar's TDE running mate ScHoolboy Q.
Last summer, Ice Cube urged rap fans (and his peers) to avoid comparing Kendrick Lamar to Tupac, but it looks like that request has fallen on deaf ears.