Kendrick Lamar had one hell of a 2015, and it earned him co-MVP Man of the Year honors in our 5th Annual Rookie/Man of the Year issue. The “Alright” rapper touched every corner of Hip Hop culture with his emotionally intelligent anthems and audio diatribes directed at the way American media and government handle racial and socioeconomic imbalances. Between his stellar album sales, record-setting Grammy nominations and intimate national tour, when we look back on 2015, Kendrick Lamar will certainly be one of the first names that come to mind.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Kendrick was asked about what other names satisfied his ears in 2015, and his answer called on his co-MVP, Future, and Drake, with whom the Compton rapper was thought to have a slight “beef” around the time his “Control” verse rocked the rap world.
Though it’s been a while since Kendrick collaborated with either of these artists–Future and Kendrick hooked up on 2014’s “Buy The World,” a Mike Will Made It song, and Drake was featured on Kendrick’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city back in 2012, it’s good to see that he’s still got his ears open to the landscape, and is interested in all types of rap, not just what he makes. Now, let’s see how many of those Grammys he takes home in February.