Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar recently sat down with Rhapsody for an “On The Record” segment. During the segment, the “good kid, m.A.A.d. city rapper” talked about being influenced by Tupac’s “Dear Mama” track off the “Me Against The World” album.
“The record I’m gonna talk about today is ‘Dear Mama’ by Tupac. The reason why this record inspired me, me being an artist today I can really go back and appreciate the value of vulnerability and being able to express yourself and not being scared to express yourself. Tupac was one of them people that did that. Letting people into his world, talking about his mother, saying even though she was a crack fiend she was always a black queen in his eyes. And that’s something that I learned to appreciate in my music.”
Lamar also touched on how the track affected his own relationship with his mother. “Being that real and being able to talk about things like that. And even appreciate my mother that much more. My mother’s a beautiful person. She made some mistakes in her life, but that never changed the way I looked at her. [Never] changed the fact that she gave me birth and bringing me into this world. Me looking back at that I salute Tupac.”
Check out the full interview below: