“A wack artist uses other people’s music for their approval,”We’re talking about someone that is scared to make their own voice, chases somebody else’s success and their thing, but runs away from their own thing. That’s what keeps the game watered-down. Everybody’s not going to be able to be a Kendrick Lamar. I’m not telling you to rap like me. Be you. Simple as that.”
On being the best rapper
“I called myself the best rapper. I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter,” he told the magazine. “If you’re saying you’re a different type of artist and you don’t really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won’t be there.”
On what he learnt from Kendrick said both Jay-Z and Beyoncé ,he said she taught him
“How particular to be about your music,”, “She’s a perfectionist. Think about the  BET performance. She was very particular – the lighting, the camera blocking, the transition from the music to the dancing. It was confirmation of something I already knew.”
He also revealed that Jay-Z has always been his favorite rapper, admitting he imitated his rap style a little bit in his early days.
“That was my guy. Still is. I’m still a fan,” Kendrick said. “That was just a page I took out of his book, to be able to carry a lyric through conversation and make it feel like I’m sitting right here talking to you.”