If Kendrick gets ahold of your beat, he’s not giving it up.
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The topic was brought up during a panel for Red Bull Music Academy. Beast confirmed that Kenny has a collection of beats dating back years, noting that obviously most of it will never make it out. “If you make something, and somebody [in TDE] hear it, it’s a wrap,” said Beast. “Kendrick’s like the beat hoarder, too. He has 97,000 gigs of beats from everybody. [If] it get to Kendrick’s hands, it probably ain’t never gonna leave.”
Complex explains that Kenny isn’t just collecting random instrumentals. Since we know he’s a perfectionist, it makes sense that he would want a full catalog of sounds to use. MixedByAli and Sounwave, fellow panellists at RBMA, explained that he sometimes goes as far back as a decade ago to find things. “[Lamar] could hear some shit right now, and be like, ‘You know, I got something’,” said Ali. “And go back to his emails from like 2010 and pull [up the beat] like, ‘Okay, I found it.’”
Hopefully, we end up getting that Kendrick album in 2019. Do you think it’s on the way?