In the week that marks 25 years since the release of Hip Hop classic California Love, a rare Kendrick Lamar connection resurfaced.
In 2012, when speaking with Chicago’s WGCI’s The Morning Riot, Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar revealed he witnessed the filming of the first version of California Love music video. Only 8 years old at the time, Kendrick looked on from his father’s shoulders, watching Tupac and Dr Dre shoot the Hype Williams directed video. This moment sparked something inside that would lead him to become one of the leading artists of his generation.
Talking on The Morning Riot, Kendrick Lamar reminisced to when Tupac and Dr Dre hit the streets of Compton. He said: “I was in Compton and they were shooting the first version of it. They stopped right in front of the middle of the street. My pops had seen them and came back to the house and got me. My father went to the house to get me and put me on his shoulders to watch them shoot.”
Most notably, Kendrick Lamar was able to tell his experience to Dr Dre 15 years later. He reminded the former NWA member of the influence that he and Tupac had on him. While Lemar relayed the story, the worldwide renowned producer stated that he remembered that moment with the streets full of kids. Delighted that this stuck out in Dre’s memory, Lemar said: “Dre. I was one of them kids that was there. It’s a crazy feeling.”
Throughout his career, Lamar has propelled the culture of Hip Hop with his revolutionary spirit. The Compton native not only includes lyrics that you don’t see often in the mainstream but he’s extremely successful. Moreover, T.I. recently named Kendrick Lamar as the most successful revolutionary rapper alive. See here for more on T.I. talking about Kendrick Lamar.