The hardest rapper I’ve ever heard of is Kendrick Lamar. I’d like to see him get back on track. He’s such an accomplished artist. But his album right now, The Heart Part 4—which has been called “A masterpiece” by Rolling Stone—is kind of like a step backwards. The beat is old, he doesn’t sing over it anymore, and it doesn’t have any new features. That’s the first time I’ve heard somebody say that. Kendrick is definitely the best rapper out right now, but he’s not that far removed from anybody else. [Laughs.]
How do you think Drake and Kendrick fared in 2013? I heard that Eminem went on a tour and wasn’t very happy. Is that true?
I think the fact that Eminem didn’t go on tour is why he wasn’t too happy. After the last album he really needed to get out of his own way. Then the last two albums are kind of a straight-up masterpiece—and that’s what he’s been talking about. I think he needs to get out, but the thing I like about him is where he’s getting it from. He’s not being cocky, like, “Who gives a shit?” He’s just going for it. He does what he wants to do, even if it gets him in trouble a few times. He’s not trying to play to the crowd.
Why is Drake so popular?
He’s a bit more controversial than any rapper right now. You might hear some people say, “He’s too hip-hop.” If you listen to him, you’ll see that’s not the case at all. He’s definitely not trying to be cool. He’s just pushing it hard. He has a good message. It’s just that he’s not being pushed to his limits. He’s definitely playing to the crowd.
What was the weirdest thing you saw going on in the NBA Playoffs? I noticed in the finals last year people got rowdy. When will NBA fans mellow out?
I was in San Antonio (the Spurs’ home town) before the game when I saw one guy standing up and beating the hell out of the other dudes in an alley of the Spurs’ facility. Another one was wearing black eye blackface, and he’d be in his underwear. They had a lot of fun. It’s kind of like a big, happy family. And it’s in the city,
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