Compton Newcomer Kendrick Lamar Reacts To Dr. Dre Co-sign, Says Deal In The Works

Kendrick LamarDr. Dre was spotted before Christmas by the folks over at, who asked him what artists he’d be working with in the New Year.

What did good doctor say? “Right now, just west coast hip-hop artists, that’s what I’m doing.”

And who, specifically? Dre named Aftermath signee Slim Da Mobster — and up-and-coming Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, outta Jay Rock’s Top Dawg camp, who he mentioned again recently, during an interview on Los Angeles’ Power 106 radio station.

To a newcomer like Lamar, it “was a shock”, he told Hardknock.TV in a recent sit-down when he heard Dre wanted to meet and work with him.

“Me coming up in Compton, that was a motherf***in’ God,” the rapper said. “I remember, plenty of times, my pops and uncles just riding down Rosecrans just bumping this dude. That’s all that was implanted in my head.

“Seein’ him at Compton Swap Meet with [Tupac] in a Bentley, shootin’ ‘California Love’,” he continued, explaining some of his memories of Dre as a youngster.

For Dre to shout him out on the radio, Lamar says: “It was a f***in’ honor.” Within a week, the Compton rapper says he was locked into the studio with the legendary producer, laying down tracks over some of the most sought after beats in the hip-hop industry.

As the interview continued, Lamar explained what it was like to work with Dre, what the working process is like with him in the studio, the tips and advice he’s given him thus far, and more.

Watch the full interview below:

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