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ScHoolboy Q Recounts Kendrick Lamar Performing for 9 People—And Then Flying to Sign with Dr. Dre

"He was just about to sign to Dre.”

Kendrick Lamar was not always packing out stadiums. In fact, there was a time where he struggled to draw a double-digit body count at his shows. 

In a new interview with Bootleg Kev and DJ Hed for Real 92.3, ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick's long-time labelmate at TDE, recounted the time K.Dot played for a not-so-sold-out crowd back in 2011.

“Me and Kendrick did a show in Detroit in front of nine people," Q recalled. "Nine people showed up. I remember Dot did that, and Dre just was on it. Right after the show, n***a got on a jet after he performed in front of nine people. He went to go mess with Dre cause he was just about to sign to Dre.”



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The lesson here is twofold. One, everyone starts somewhere and not every show will be a success. You can't count yourself out because only nine people show up at your concert. Imagine if Kendrick Lamar were so easily discouraged? To be an artist is to develop a thicker skin. 

Secondly, and this is the big one: how many people show up to your show doesn't matter when you're about to get on a jet and see Dr. Dre.



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