Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 5:02 pm  |  31 responses

Arron Afflalo Responds to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Black Boy Fly’ Shout-Out

Rapper Kendrick Lamar used to be jealous of Magic guard Arron Afflalo. To open “Black Boy Fly” on good kid, m.A.A.d city, the 2011 XXL Freshman spits a verse about his younger self idolizing Afflalo—two years his senior at Centennial HS in Compton. XXLMag.com caught up with Afflalo for his reaction to the musical dedication:

“He’s pretty amazing lyrically, obviously. But the way in which he delivers it, with the wisdom that he has and his ability to rhyme the truth. It’s pretty fascinating.

“I think it’s a form of respect. I think it’s more credit to him than me because I can only imagine the feeling that I had—that hunger to be successful and you have it in front of your face. I remember my high school days, it was a good time for me. I was almost like the golden child in the city of Compton, or at least at Centennial at that time, considering where I was as a basketball player, and all the positivity I had around me, in terms of school and people appreciating me and showing me love for what I did on the court and in the community at that time in my life. So for him to kind of be in the background and who he is today, it showed you the perseverance that he had for so many years.

“I never really thought about it that way, in terms of doing [school] with an ulterior motive. I’ma do what I have to do, and if that meant focusing on school, if that meant staying in the gym hour after hour, staying hungry and competing at whatever I had to do, I would do it. I didn’t really think of it in terms of it being an example for somebody else, I was just focused on me doing what I needed to do to succeed.

“I wouldn’t say we hung out everyday or nothin’ like that, but just in terms of school and seeing him go through the process of trying to get to where he’s going—not even where he’s at today, but where he’s continuing to rise to. I’ve spoken to him on a few occasions, like when I would run into him throughout the summer.

“I’m sure I’ma run into him. I’ll reach out for sure when I’m in L.A., get him to come to a game.”

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  • Max

    Kendrick is a beast, how’s his new album?
    Haven’t had an opportunity to listen to it yet.

  • justin05

    rap sucks. I respect lyrics but that Drake sh*t is not music. Rock n roll baby!

  • rudy

    Yes! So glad somebody did this story.

  • SirGrey

    Real recognize real.

  • j.king88

    great album…almost classic wortthy

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    it’s def a good album. a lot of substance

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  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    Probably the best album of the year IMO and I follow a lot of other music than hiphop

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    I have it in my top ten for the year, by far the best hip hop album of the year.

  • The Seed

    Mali Music is better

  • LeroyShonuff

    How does Drake equal into this equation again???

  • Bored

    are you kidding? thats your reason for completely insulting a culture?

  • Redd

    Money Trees had the best hook but best song was good kid. It was a good album. I was disappointed he put Drake on there though.

  • shutup

    Worth a listen too, he is a solid rapper, great lyrically, good storytelling, the only knock I have is he’s very West Coast, but he reps Compton hard so I wouldn’t expect anything less.

  • shutup

    So whats the last real good “rock” album you purchased or listened too, because I’m a fan of all types of music and “rock” has more of a downfall than Rap, in recent years.

  • justin05

    Rock is just more real music man. REAL music. Rap is poetry w/ a synthesized beat. I can’t stand rap and IDC if I’m on a b-ball website where the musical “culture” is unintelligent orfunately. Great lyrics but the music is not genuine.

  • justin05

    Oh and check out What Separates Me From You by A Day To Remember. Great album.

  • UnRel

    if you like the lyrics.. then you must like “rap”.. study the culture (origin, 4 elements, etc) before you knock it..

  • shutup

    I like ADTR, album is ok, Deftones got a new album dropping in 6 days, looking forward to seeing them live in about a week. That being said, I really dislike how you try to lump a whole genre in with a blanket generalization. Watch this, rock is just the same three instruments with some guy whining into the mic. Not really an accurate description, but as far as many people are concerned it would fit the image they have in their mind. Maybe open yourself to a different way of thinking, one were a persons voice and flow have all the power. Synthesized beat or not, some rappers incorporate live instruments in their music, and labeling it synthesized is another misnomer, these guys spend countless hours working on these beats, some to the fact that the beat tell it’s own story, much like the complex drumlines of say a Metallica. I can respect your opinion when it comes to your preference, but your dead wrong if you believe one artform is more MUSIC then another. Last note, I know many rock guys love Atmosphere; Slug is a rapper and he is only one part of the music they make but make no mistake they make music that is considered RAP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Weeknd gonna do a Lakers song now they even with the Raptors… love saying that sh*t… coz it’s true ROTFL

  • Max

    Guess I’ll check it out tomorrow when I have some good stuff.

  • Ali73

    The Jig is Up!!!! Thank you SLAM, nice read!

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  • http://twitter.com/AguyCalledLex Alex Doe

    Great Lyrics=Truth, Truth=Knowledge, but rap and it’s culture exemplify “unitelligence”; somethings not adding up. Get a fucking clue.

  • tr3yupmovinG

    I am so proud Kendrick is from the west. It feels really good to here something positive coming from one of our own. Keep it up bro…

  • Gangstalicious

    Read the definition of music again bro… If you want to stereotype I could just say rock and roll is just screaming and hitting drums randomly but I’m not that ignorant.

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  • Evan Boland

    Hip Hop 4 Life. Get with the times, boy.

  • Evan Boland

    Em > Dre > 50 > Kdot

    He still got a lot to prove. Not gushing over Kendrick like some. Control wasn’t special. Comparing himself to legends already? Boy’s going to fall off if he’s not careful.

  • You Sound Pretty Stupid

    Drake made kendrick very famous, the best song on that album is Backstreet freestyle based off rap