While ordinary fans eager to hear the new Kendrick Lamar album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, are availing themselves of leaks trickling out online, the Compton up-and-comer reserved a far more intimate preview of the record for the likes of Andre 3000. Talent was in abundance when K. Dot, Dr. Dre and Three Stacks recently hit the studio together for a friendly listening session in advance of the album's release on Monday.
In a video posted to RollingStone.com, the three artists are seen vibing out to "B---h, Don't Kill My Vibe," a smooth head-nodder that serves as the album's second track. When the song concludes, Andre offers a short but sweet note of approval. "Excellent," he says.
The Outkast member and Lamar haven't collaborated... yet. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City does feature appearances by Jay Rock, Drake, MC Eiht and Dr. Dre.
Andre 3000 wasn't the only hip hop star giving Kendrick the stamp of approval. Mega producer Pharrell Williams took to Twitter today to show Lamar some love:
"@kendricklamar is this era’s Bob Dylan. Masterful story telling. Listen to it, it will elevate you. And just like that music has changed. … @kendricklamar Sick hooks, beats, perspective and zero MSG. Individuality always wins. Goodnight me too’s and blendinables.#OTHER"
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