Kendrick Lamar Will Never 'Match Up' to Tupac, Charlamagne Says

MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 10:  Charlamagne Tha God attends Breakfast with the Breakfast Club at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on November 10, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo: Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic)

Kendrick Lamar Will Never 'Match Up' to Tupac, Charlamagne Says

The radio host doesn’t think the two are on the same level.

Published April 25, 2016

Radio host Charlamagne tha God is known for speaking his mind, regardless of whether or not it wins him fans. It's part of his charm,and part of his successes as a radio host on The Breakfast Club




In a recent example of Char being Char, he spoke about how Kendrick Lamar will “never match up” to Tupac Shakur.

In talking more about his belief that the two artists simply aren’t on the same level, he went on in great detail discussing why he feels the way he does.

“They will never match up," Charlamagne said during a recent interview with Montreality. "And we need to stop doing that to the new guys. We have to stop putting them on the same level as ghosts. And what I mean by ghosts is guys like Tupac, guys like The Notorious B.I.G., guys like Jay ZDr. Dre. Those are legendary figures who have already done it. They've been through every door that any of these new guys could possibly even think of going through.

"You gotta think about all the different circumstances that surround somebody like Tupac Shakur," he continued. "Tupac Shakur is a mythical figure...In order to get to the level that Tupac is, Kendrick would have to go through similar situations or situations greater than that, in death...Kendrick should be working on being the first Kendrick."

He also went on to talk about the ways that artists like Drake, Lamar and J. Cole are all making moves that land them in the “influencers” category for our musical and cultural landscapes today.

"I don't know if there is one particular answer because you can say Drake, but then you can say Kendrick," Charlamagne continued. "You could say Cole. Everybody's got these different, cult-like followings. And their fan bases love them tremendously. Like I said, just when I think that somebody like Drake might be the most influential, then Kendrick comes and does something like what he did at the Grammys. Or drops the untitled unmastered album and gets everyone in a frenzy...I don't think it's one supreme individual who is the most influential in the game right now."

Check out The Breakfast Club co-host’s full interview in the video below. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.




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Written by KC Orcutt


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