GQ recently announced their Men of the Year and rap’s biggest tour-de-force Kendrick Lamar made the list as he was titled “Best Rapper of the Year”. Other Men of the Year include Matthew McConaughey, Justin Timberlake, Will Ferrell, and the late James Gandolfini. Kendrick received the honor after dropping numerous praiseworthy guest features over the past year, including his highly-publicized verse on Big Sean‘s “Control”. Watch above as he gives us a little portion of his craft while looking fresher than I have ever seen and playing guitar?
Read an excerpt of his interview below as he talks about his increasingly hostile relationship with fellow rap juggernaut Drake:
I got Kendrick on the phone after the BET taping, and he admitted to being surprised by Drizzy’s public lash-out—”Control” named names, sure, but at its core it was a backhanded tribute to the peers Kendrick actually gives a shit about. Most of them took it in that spirit. Not Drake. “Yeah, I guess he took it as a dis,” Kendrick said, downplaying talk of a beef. But he was also clear that he doesn’t look up to Drake, doesn’t see him as any kind of creative influence. When I asked if Drake was a mentor or a role model, he replied quickly, “No—peer. If anything. We all peers.”
Read the full interview here.