Watch Kendrick Lamar Respond to Old Tupac Interviews
Kendrick Lamar has been hailed as one of the foremost voices to emerge from modern hip-hop, much in the same way that Tupac was before him. Now, Kobini has created a unique interview in which Lamar responds to archival footage of Tupac's interviews. Check it out above.
The concept for the video was inspired by Lamar’s “Motal Man,” the closing track from his latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly. The song concludes with Lamar placing his own words alongside audio from old Tupac interviews, which plays out like a heartfelt exchange of ideas between friends.
The results of Kobini's video are compelling to say the least, as Lamar listens to Tupac’s thoughts on self-respect, gang culture, the treatment of women and the responsibility to which rappers are beholden when it comes to their lyrics.
“People don’t like to look at themselves in the mirror; it’s the hardest thing to do to critique yourself rather than to point the finger,” Lamar says upon listening to an interview in which Tupac emphasizes the importance of self-respect. “To actually do that and say, ‘I’m wrong in a lot of areas’… that takes a lot of will power... [You have to] start with the self first.”
Later yet, Lamar reflects on Tupac’s iconic 1998 song, “Changes.”
“It’s gonna keep going on, war gonna keep going on, frustration gonna keep going on, anger gonna keep going on ‘til we finally go back down to the simplest word: love,” he says. “And when God sees that, then we have the answer. But until then, it’s gonna be warfare.”
Recently, Lamar visited a New Jersey high school English class to discuss To Pimp a Butterfly, which had been incorporated into the class’ lesson plan in order to help students critically examine texts such as Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.