Some may have thought Kendrick Lamar couldn’t be any more elated than when he got the chance to sit down with the legendary N.W.A., but the Compton MC recent got to sit down with a legend that pre-dates Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren and Dr. Dre. In the latest issue of Hypetrak Magazine, K. Dot was gifted with the chance to pick the brain of none other than Quincy Jones. In the three minute video clip, Kendrick is captured soaking up gems from the icon himself
“How do you ask Quincy Jones what was his musical influences? He’s our musical influence. ‘What were yours?’ That’s too much. Too much legacy right there,” Kendrick said, just before their meeting of the minds.
In the first minutes of their exchange, Jones challenges K. Dot’s perceptions of the origin of rap, schooling him on the genre’s West African roots. Later picking Jones’ brain about music, culture and life, Kendrick asked about one of the legend’s collaborator that many folks inquire about: Michael Jackson. Expectantly awaiting stories about Thriller studio sessions, Jones instead offered a tool of knowledge that could apply to Kendrick, as well as any musician.
“We went through 800 songs. Because I learned 50 years ago, a great song could make the worst singer a star. And a bad song could not be saved by the three best singers in the world.”
Jones went on to call K. Dot a “beautiful brother,” and “the future,” a co-sign the rapper will surely never forget. Read more about their epic meeting.