Kendrick Lamar Nabs GQ's 2013 Rapper of the Year Crown

Posted Wednesday November 13, 2013 1:45 PM GMT

He's made quite a name for himself in the music industry, so it's no surprise that Kendrick Lamar nabbed the Rapper of the Year title in GQ magazine's 2013 Men of the Year issue.

After striking a few poses for the publication, the "Give It 2 U" hitmaker reflected on seeing Tupac in a vision when he was 21-years-old and discussed the public feud between him and fellow hip-hop singer Drake.

Check out a few highlights from Mr. Lamar's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit GQ!

On his Tupac vision:
"I was coming from a late studio session, sleeping on Mom's couch. I'm 26 now- it wasn't that long ago. I remember being tired, tripping from the studio, lying down, and falling into a deep sleep and seeing a vision of Pac talking to me. Weirdest sh*t ever. I'm not huge on superstition and all that sh*t. That's what made it so crazy. It can make you go nuts. Hearing somebody that you looked up to for years saying, 'Don't let the music die.' Hearing it clear as day. Clear as day. Like he's right there. Just a silhouette."

On his friendship with Drake:
"Pretty cool. And I mean, I would be okay if we weren't. No [he's not one of my role models] - peer. If anything. We all peers."

On his music themes:
"It wasn't just about money, hoes, clothes, drinkin'. I mean, I come from that world, but at the same time, I started to realize that there's people out there that can't really connect to that lifestyle. They're in the struggle."



Photo Credit: Sebastian Kim for GQ