Kendrick Lamar Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar helps send off Kobe Bryant, by paying tribute to the NBA icon with this video created with ESPN.

"How do empires last when there's no longer an emperor?" Kendrick asks in the ESPN clip. "I mean, we got you, but at the same time, we got you. Your blood, your sweat, your tears, and even your DNA is placed in these L.A. concretes, man. Nothing will ever replace that or erase that. Forever great in our hearts. With that being said, know that it's never goodbye. It's simply respect due... forever."

Shot at The Forum, Kobe's first home as a Los Angeles Laker before the team moved to Downtown LA's Staples Center, K-Dot offers commentary in spoken word about his legendary career.

Bryant's final game is slated to take place Wednesday (Apr. 13) when the Lakers take on the Utah Jazz.