Kendrick Lamar has cited many artists who have influenced him, including late rap icons Tupac Shakur and Eazy-E. In a recent interview with The Coveteur, the Compton rhymer praised Lil Wayne and called him “the Greatest.”
When discussing his musical influences, he highlighted Weezy’s storied rap career and the legacy he maintains with his fans.
“That’s a real story like, he was just huge, still to this day, huge Lil Wayne fans,” he says. “Lil Wayne is the greatest. Not only because of his music but also because of the culture he put behind it.”
“It was a big part of what he was talking about, so we always hold Lil Wayne in high regards,” he continues. “Juvenile as well. And yeah, it’s the impact of them, man. To be a part of it the same way he was a part of it years later is just a great feeling.”
While Lamar may have a point, his comments sparked a tidal wave of debates on social media. Some people said that Tunechi is far from the G.O.A.T. (“Greatest of All Time”) while others agree that Wayne is the greatest for his long-lasting career and influence among his rap peers. Other fans noted a Lamar tweet in 2015 where he saluted Weezy for being the most influential. So K.Dot’s admiration for Tunechi shouldn’t be a real surprise.
“Kendrick said Lil Wayne is the greatest of all time. Not surprising given Kendrick’s his age. (don’t get it twisted, I disagree lol),” tweeted one fan, while another wrote, “Lil Wayne still the best rapper alive no if ands or buts! Kendrick Lamar kept it real yesterday.”
Nevertheless, Wayne appreciated the love and returned it with a tweet on his Twitter account. “Kendrick Lamar a real one #Respek,” he wrote.
Kendrick Lamar a real one #Respek
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) March 16, 2016
Do you agree with K.Dot? Is Lil Wayne “The Greatest” of all time? Tell us in the comments below.
Check out the fans’ reactions to Kendrick Lamar’s statement below.
Kendrick if Lil Wayne is the best rapper right now then James Harden is the best defensive player right now #CaliKush2Real
— FLAVA XXVII (@BroadwayFLAVA) March 17, 2016
I hate that it became cool on the Internet to hate Lil Wayne and now that Kendrick says he's the goat everyone loves him again.
— Y'all ugly (@NotChuka) March 17, 2016
Lil Wayne still the best rapper alive no if ands or buts ! Kendrick Lamar kept it real yesterday
— ™ ItsTy2 ™ (@Itsty2_) March 17, 2016
Kendrick said Lil Wayne is the greatest of all time. Not surprising given Kendrick's his age. (don't get it twisted, I disagree lol)
— Ill Tal Beats (@IllTalBeats) March 17, 2016
Kendrick will never be better than Eminem, nas, Jay Z, Biggie, Wayne Etc etc etc etc etc
— JayZOverrated (@JayZOverrated) March 17, 2016
If you're a Kendrick "fan"and don't see how he respects Wayne, you know nothing about music and are lil Wayne hater https://t.co/ai2wSKgjoG
— August 16th ♌️ (@HandsomeDevil93) March 16, 2016
How many of you know that Lil Wayne was actually one of the 1st to cosign Kendrick Lamar?
— Ryan Belk (@rbelk_94) March 16, 2016
Ppl 4get dat Kendrick Lamar made a whole mixtape to Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III called C4 back when he went by K Dot. pic.twitter.com/PiQQkNGh8S
— A-A-Ron (@UptownRoamer) March 16, 2016