Paper magazine is taking a look back at the fallen icons of hip-hop with contemporary rappers paying tribute. This week, Kendrick Lamar talks about Eazy-E and the influence and revolution the N.W.A rapper had, writing, “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Eazy.”
“As a kid, I really couldn’t grasp the idea that the world knew about what we’re going through in my neighborhood,” he wrote. “I didn’t get that idea until my debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, came out and that’s when I truly understood how N.W.A felt, coming from this small neighborhood but going all the way around the world and seeing these people singing these words lyric-for-lyric and understanding the trials and tribulations that are going on in the community. I understand how they feel now. It’s an inspiring thing. Once I got the idea that people are actually listening, it made me want to continue making music more.”
Lamar goes on to explain how Eazy-E paved the way for a more honest and raw music industry. Read the full story at Paper‘s site.
Lamar also recently announced his first annual Kunta’s Groove Sessions tour, which will take place in eight cities over eight nights, with dates and locations to be announced.