T.I. is clearly impressed by what Kendrick Lamar has achieved.
During an appearance on Apple Music’s The Ebro Show, T.I. discussed some of the songs and artists he included on The Message, a 25-track playlist that aimed to celebrate Black love.
Kendrick, who previously collaborated with T.I, was featured multiple times on the list, which prompted Ebro to ask: “What [does] Kendrick mean to you as a fan of rap?”
“Present day, I think he’s probably the most successful revolutionary rapper alive, you dig?” T.I. said.
“It’s hard to sell. It’s hard to do good business in the revolutionary category, you know what I mean? It’s not easy… Artists like KRS-One, even Common, Mos Def, the Roots… usually have to trade commercial success for speaking truth in the revolution … And Kendrick has been the one who has been able to simultaneously achieve both. That’s extremely special. That’s an art within itself,” he added.
Kendrick has attained commercial and critical success through his politically charged lyrics that highlight the struggles of Black America.
His 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly was praised for its analysis of racial inequality, mental health, and economic disparity; however, it was his 2017 album Damn that was widely considered his most poignant work.
Kendrick spoke about the Pulitzer Prize-winning album, specifically his To Pimp a Butterfly protest anthem Alright, during a 2017 interview with the Independent. He boldly argued the song was “probably the biggest record in the world” at the time because its message was so far-reaching.
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