Kendrick Lamar Wanted Nas for "Sing About Me" Feature

K. Dot discusses how he missed out on the dream collaboration.

Posted: 03/25/2013 04:35 PM EDT
Kendrick Lamar, Nas

From hip hop to pop, it seems everyone wants to work with Kendrick Lamar right now, but who's the one person that eluded the "good kid" from the "m.A.A.d city"?

"The idea was to have Nas on "Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst," K. Dot told VIBE in an exclusive interview.

Kendrick recalled missing the opportunity to record with the QB native, noting that the finalization process of the album, which was his major label debut, made it impossible to address the request.

"I never really got a chance to reach out to him," remembered Kendrick, adding, "I was so wrapped up in getting the music done, samples cleared and mastered. There was so much going on."

"Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst," was a standout track on the album. Coming in at just over 12 minutes, the song explores different, sometimes conflicting, personalities (all voiced by Kendrick himself) that come together to form a complex psychology.

Kendrick also explained to the magazine that when the time is right for him to work with Nas, he wants to savor the moment, allowing the session to be as natural as possible.

"I didn't really wanna rush the process. I actually wanted to sit in the studio and vibe with him. (It was) the only thing that I had a vision for but in due time, God willing, for sure," said Kendrick.

He also stressed that had the two been able to come together, he would know better than to mess with greatness.

"I just wanted to play him the record. Whatever inspiration he drew from it, I'd just have him there and we would go," said Kendrick. He 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."

Chances look good for the East Coast veteran and the West Coast rookie sensation to come together on a track in the future. In an interview back in January, Nas made it a point to give props to the young spitter, telling the Associated Press, "No disrespect to nobody else in rap music, but Kendrick Lamar. I'm really happy about his record. I needed that." The rap legend added, "His record reaches you. It gives you hope."

With last week's release of "B---- Don't Kill My Vibe" (Remix) featuring Jay-Z setting the Internet on fire, it would not be out of the question for Kendrick and Nas to do the same thing with "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst."

 

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