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Kendrick Lamar's 25 Favorite Albums

Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt (1996)


Label: Roc-A-Fella, Priority
Kendrick Lamar: "I had to double back and listen to Jay-Z once I started writing. And one of my favorite tracks on there is ‘Politics As Usual.’ Just the vibe of it and the flow. I really captured that flow and stole that cadence just being a student of the game. It really stuck with me. 'Y'all relatin' no waitin' / I'll make your block infrared hot: I'm like Satan / y'all feel a nigga's struggle / y'all think a nigga love to hustle behind the wheel / trying to escape my trouble.' It’s probably one of the first verses I remember on that album.

"I got into Reasonable Doubt like 2002, 2001. I was super late. On the West Coast we weren’t really playing East Coast music like that just because of all the beef stuff that was going on—we was really influenced by that. I’m like 9, 10, 11 years old. I don’t wanna listen to nothing on the East Coast. Everything everybody was playing was Death Row.”

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