Kendrick Lamar has revealed that he initially planned to get Nas involved in the making of 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'.
'good kid, m.A.A.d city' is already being spoken of as a potential classic. After ten years of mixtapes, cult success and missed opportunities Kendrick Lamar faced up to the task of delivering his first major label release - and delivered in style.
Yet it could have been even better. Speaking to Vibe, Kendrick Lamar revealed that he initially wanted Nas to be involved in studio sessions - specifically, adding his vocals to 'Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst'.
"I never really got a chance to reach out to him,"the rapper said. "I was so wrapped up in getting the music done, samples cleared and mastered - there was so much going on." "I just wanted to play him the record. Whatever inspiration he drew from it, I’d just have him there and he would go," Kendrick Lamar continued. "He’s a genius. The record is self-explanatory but he may hear something a little different that might take it to the next level."
Thankfully, a collaboration between the 'Illmatic' MC and Kendrick might still happen. "(It was) the only thing that I had a vision for but in due time, God willing, for sure" he insisted.
For his part, Nas has been an outspoken supporter of Kendrick Lamar. Speaking to Esco the rapper said: "No disrespect to nobody else in rap music, but Kendrick Lamar. I’m really happy about his record. I needed that. His record reaches you. It gives you hope."
It certainly does. Here's our Kendrick Lamar feature from last year.