Unlike Joe Budden, Kendrick Lamar Respects Mumble Rap

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Be humble

The debate about whether or not hip-hop’s “mumble rap” is good or bad for the culture is split almost in half. Predictably, older generations tend to fall on one side and new-wave artists and fans on the other. Other than mumble rappers themselves, few people have had anything great to say about the sub-genre. However, K. Dot — who is on the cover of Forbes‘ December “30 Under 30” issue — has stepped in to defend the style.

According to Kendrick Lamar, in order for hip-hop to continue thriving and growing, everyone has to realize that music is a reflection of artists’ personal style and all musicians have to respect each other. “That’s why I can’t shun a lot of the artists that may not be a Kendrick Lamar. But this is what I tell them every time I see them… be yourself and do what you do but also know who laid down the groundwork,” Kendrick said during his interview with Forbes.

The “Loyalty” artist dropped tons of knowledge on the wave that rappers like 21 Savage, Young Thug, Future and Desiigner have made famous. He even offered big-brother-like advice to younger artist. “Don’t go on your interviews and diss them and say you don’t like them and you don’t care for them,” he said, addressing those who actively speak out against their fellow rappers. “That’s your opinion, that’s cool but you have to respect them.”

k dot kendrick lamar on stage

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