Two of the West Coast’s youngest, most talented MC’s, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, stopped by the Peter Rosenberg show. Unlike Machine Gun Kelly’s interview with Rosenberg, K.Dot and Q were able to keep level heads, as Rosenberg was a genuine fan of their music and very familiar with them as artists.
Kendrick spoke on his journey thus far and what were some of his influences. Rosenberg mentioned that he noticed some East Coast influence within K.Dot’s music, which he clarified. “What’s crazy is that I didn’t start listening to East Coast music until DMX‘s first album…that’s what got me writing my own music. I was 13 and will never forget it; my homeboy put that album in my hand, and I started writing raps immediately. Before that, I was straight West Coast!”
The Compton MC went on to further his East Coast pallet, expanding to Jay-Z, Biggie and Nas, shortly thereafter. He credits some of his swing, to the passing of Tupac, with whom he related to DMX. “Pac passed, then DMX came out, and I felt that same energy that Pac had in the game, so that’s what made me start writing. After X, came Jay-Z, then folks told me to go back and listen to Big’s stuff.”
While the interview was mainly about Kendrick, and his growth in the game, Rosenberg did speak on ScHoolboy’s “Hands on the Wheel” record, which influences drinking and driving, indirectly. After sharing a personal loss, at the hands of a drunken driver, Rosenberg spoke with Q about the record, and why he’d influence something so negative. Q went on to clarify that it’s part of the album title Habits & Contradictions, which eased the whole misunderstanding.