Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 12:02 pm  |  26 responses

Kendrick Lamar Wanted To Be Michael Jordan (VIDEO)

Compares competition among rappers to competition on the court.

Before rapper Kendrick Lamar used to be jealous of Magic guard Arron Afflalo, K.Dot wanted to be Michael Jordan. While on a recent episode of E!’s Chelsea Lately, Lamar explained that his goals are still to be the greatest, but in a different game.

“Before music, I wanted to be Michael Jordan,” he said. “But I’m a small guy—I only grew to 5-6. I deferred my dreams to write in rhymes, and I pinned [that dream] somewhere else.”

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  • anon

    bounce bounce ;)

  • shockexchange

    Where’s Papoose?

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Am I the only one not at all impressed by this ridiculously hyped Control verse? Half the verse was nonsense; the beat sucked, his voice sounds weird, and his flow not even on point til the end. All he’s saying is he wants to destroy his competition….so what if he name dropped rappers?

    A much better “name drop” song is How to Rob by 50 Cent – now that’s actual controversy.

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  • Dfrance

    The verse itself was not overly impressive, its just that everyone has become so buddy buddy in the rap game now that it took people by surprise.

  • Dfrance

    Never knew there was a video for that song, thanks.

  • Dfrance

    I love when people talk about playing basketball and the do the two handed balled fist air dribble. My old college assistant coach used to do that. “Penetrate the lane!” *does two handed balled fist air dribble”

  • pposse

    kind of like the NBA

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    its all subjective.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Such a slow day for NBA news. Everybody wanted to be MJ. LOL

  • Dfrance

    I was gonna say just that. Let Kevin Durant come out tomorrow and say he wants to destroy LeBron and make his fans forget about him, it’d be headline news even tho that’s how he’s “supposed to feel”

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    It wasn’t that good of a battle rap verse but the song was nice. Beat was good too, much better than the beat for “How to Rob”.

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    Never knew there was a video for that song, thanks.

  • Basketball_iQ

    You’re probably not since haters always come by the thousands

    You just mentioned 50cent as an actual member of the hip hop community,,,,
    That’s who you should be hating on,,,, he hasn’t done anything in his lyrics,,, straight studio gangster. A fake.
    At least kendrick is being himself and his call out is good for hip hop. It takes us back to a time where hip hop was about battling on the mic not actual killing in the streets.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Kendrick Lamar is a million times better than 50 Cent, for sure.

  • Sancheezie

    lamar, is this you?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    ca ching

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Video doesn’t work for me

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Except you. You wanna be Jackie… right?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    that’s statement’s subjective

  • Interdico Scriptor

    what album is this?

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  • ATL dynamite

    Overly Dedicated

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Never insinuated that 50 Cent was better than Lamar or anything of that nature. I just didn’t understand why his verse was so lauded/controversial given that he actually doesn’t even say anything controversial. He literally just challenges his contemporaries.

    My point was that, in my view, a controversial song would be something like How to Rob or Against All Odds or Hit Em Up, where the emcee actually name drops rappers while dissing them. This song was just a interesting call out to the complacency of hip-hop IMO.