Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
The West Coast hip hop scene is buzzing for the first time in years. Over the past few years, the West Coast has not had much going for them outside of Game and Snoop Dogg. But, 2011 has been a breakthrough year for the West.
Among the artists out West to gain national attention this year, have been Tyler, the Creator, Jay Rock, and Kendrick Lamar. The past year has been incredible for Kendrick Lamar, as he has worked with Dr. Dre, among other veterans.
Much like Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar grew up in Compton, so the West Coast is definitely in his blood. Growing up in the same town as Dr. Dre and following his music led Kendrick Lamar to another pioneer, Snoop Dogg.
Now a grown man, Kendrick Lamar has followed in their footsteps and is now poised to become one of the most-popular rappers in the game. With this, he now has personal relationships with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who have severed as mentor-like figures in his career. Kendrick Lamar praised them for all the help they have provided to him.
While he has worked with the legends, Kendrick Lamar is still highly focused on his own music. One thing he likes about current hip hop is the fact that everyone is now an individual, as opposed to trying to be like someone else. However, Kendrick Lamar is not a fan of the label politics. When speaking on his own music, he feels as if it is undefined.