Kendrick Lamar Reveals ‘Damn’ Almost Had a Different Title, Says He Wrote TDE Rules That Went Viral

Kendrick Lamar was up early hitting the Los Angeles radio circuit. Trickling down this morning were two interviews, one with Power 106 on The Cruz Show and one on Real 92.3 on Big Boy’s Neighborhood, featuring Kendrick opening up about a number of topics. No, forreal.

Around 8:09 of the above video with Power 106, the discussion of Kendrick being “the next ‘Pac” comes up, which Kendrick calls “a whole lotta weight” before saying, “Being the next ‘Pac, that’s something way out of my control. I want to be who I am. All I can do is take the game and the ideas and the sparks and the knowledge that he’s passed on, apply them to myself and who I am, and further it for the next kid who wants to be on that stage and actually speak for something and stand for something.”

“There can only be one ‘Pac,” Kendrick added. He also later mentioned that 2Pac’s “I Get Around” is his favorite ’90s jam, which same. Speaking of throwbacks, they asked an interesting question about the last album that Kendrick downloaded illegally (which was Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, on Napster), and for those of you wondering what Kendrick’s first job was, here you go: he did a whole two weeks working security.

At the top of the interview (around 3:45), Kendrick revealed that he was the one that wrote those hilariously viral TDE studio rules, which, obviously. Apparently it spawned from the good kid, m.A.A.d. city days, with random people walking through the studio and fucking things up. Gotta keep those visitors in check!

While this was being uploaded to the internets, Kendrick was speaking to Big Boy, and mentioned a truly interesting thing: Damn was almost titled What Happens On Earth Stays On Earth, which is kind of cold but also, admittedly, kind of a long title.

Kendrick also got asked if he considers himself the “G.O.A.T” on the mic, and he kept it a buck.

His answer makes perfect sense: “I got to. What’s the point of doing it if you don’t want to be the best at what you’re doing?”

Wise words from K.Dot.

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