When Kendrick Lamar and the TDE camp hitup New York they went on a media blitz doing numerous interviews and shooting videos. Complex caught up with K. Dot and they sat down for one of his dopest interviews to date. I’ve included a few excerpts below but do yourself a favor and read the full interview at Complex.
You’ve gotten a great reception for your latest mixtape, Section.80. What was the recording process like?
I started working on Section.80 like four months prior to it coming out. There’s a point in time where I was doing a lot of shows and I had to really make the transition to find the balance between recording and doing shows.
Jay Rock—who is managed by Top Dawg just like you—is on Strange Music. Strange Music is Tech N9ne’s company that he built from the ground up. Is Top Dawg trying to do something similar to Strange Music?
As far as a company and a team, hell yeah. I went on tour with Tech N9ne and I’ve seen the damage that he’s done, the fanbase he built up just by going out there to these small cities and building up his supporters one by one. I think that’s the stuff that a lot of artists should follow instead of trying to go after a hit single.
When you go after a hit single and you actual get that hit single, it can be a make or break for you. And most likely a break because after you get it, you have to get another hit single right after that. So everything is basically downhill. But when you actually build up an organic fanbase from the jump, like Tech N9ne did, they’ll be with you forever.
What’s up with your mixtape with J. Cole?
We definitely gotta finish that up. I know the people have been really in demand for it. But at the same time, I have to get on the road and work Section.80 because it’s going to please the people more to see those songs come to life.
I saw [Ab-Soul’s] tweet a couple weeks ago that you were in contact with Nas. How did that happen?
My management got in touch with a friend of his that liked the music from the jump. I don’t think Nas was familiar with the music yet until he introduced “HiiiPoWeR” to him. I think he heard “HiiiPoWeR,” liked it, and said it was a crazy record. That’s been in the air since, I don’t know what’s going to happen after that.
In “The Heart, Part 1,” you talk about meeting J. Cole, and about all these young guys that are getting recognition. Who are you feeling right now that is in the position you were in two years ago, or even last year?
That’s crazy, because I still look at myself in the same position I was in two years ago. [Pauses.] Damn, that’s ill. I done learned something by myself. I still want to prove myself because I have a lot to fucking prove. Some people think I have two feet in the door, I think I have a shoelace in the door.
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