Kendrick Lamar Talks Being Inspired by

Kendrick Lamar Talks Why Tupac Inspired Him to Start Rapping

Kendrick Lamar opened up about why Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” resonates so much, his love of playing basketball, and how he drew inspiration from Tupac during a behind-the-scenes interview for his Variety cover shoot.

Lamar explained that Tupac’s music was more than just words.

“Tupac inspired me just the simple way of how he put his words together,” Lamar said. “You really felt them, you felt the passion behind them. They meant something, not only to him, but when you heard it, you actually got a full experience rather than just words. You actually felt his words. That’s something that I was inspired to put in my music.”

Lamar added that “All Eyez On Me” is probably the album he goes back to the most.

“Just because I got memories of certain individuals that was playing that record all day, every day. So [it] kinda holds a special place in my heart, certain songs.”

More Uncovered

  • chris hemsworth variety Cover Story

    Chris Hemsworth Talks 'Men in Black' and Playing Hulk Hogan in Upcoming Biopic

    In Variety’s latest cover story, Chris Hemsworth opened up about tackling back-to-back blockbusters with “Avengers: Endgame” and the upcoming “Men in Black: International,” in which he stars opposite Tessa Thompson. “I had just come off of ‘Avengers,’ and I was looking for another sort of fantasy larger-than-life driven sort of entertaining film, and this came [...]

  • George Clooney (L) and Christophr Abbot

    George Clooney Watched 'Girls' 'Religiously' but Christopher Abbott Hasn't Seen 'ER'

    For this week’s cover story, “Catch-22” co-stars George Clooney and Christopher Abbott sat down with Variety to discuss their upcoming Hulu miniseries and overall body of work. Abbott admitted he has never seen “ER,” which Clooney starred in. Clooney, on the other hand, said he watched Abbott’s HBO series “Girls” “religiously.” Abbott said “Solaris” is [...]

  • Bette Midler: Climate Change is 'The

    Bette Midler: Climate Change Is 'the Most Important Story of the Age'

    Bette Midler turned her worries into action. “I think that climate change is real and I think that it’s actually the most important story of the age,” the Power of Women honoree told Variety. “I also worry very much about the oceans and the fact that there’s so much plastic in the oceans now, and [...]

Most Popular

Access exclusive content