Artists interviewing artists or actors interviewing actors always seems to bring out the best in each person, because of the comfort level and ability to relate, an art Interview magazine has perfected. For their latest edition, they got Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar together, and Badu managed to squeeze a top-ten list out of Kendrick. You can check the full interview here. Well worth the full read.
BADU: Okay, top five rappers of all time. Who are they?
LAMAR: Oh, man.
BADU: I know, it's hard. I can never answer that question either. They don't have to be in order.
LAMAR: Okay . . . Give me Jay-Z.
LAMAR: Give me Nas.
BADU: I'll give you that.
LAMAR: Give me Tupac.
BADU: I might give you Pac. . .
LAMAR: Please give me Pac. Also give me Snoop.
BADU: Okay, that's four.
LAMAR: And give me B.I.G.
BADU: I'll give you B.I.G.
LAMAR: But that leaves off Eminem and André . . . I'd probably formulate the perfect 10 if I really thought about it for a day.
BADU: You just named seven. You got three more?
LAMAR: Rakim . . . [pauses] Kurupt.
BADU: That's nine.
LAMAR: Who would the last one be? Give me Method Man.
BADU: I will give you Method Man all day.
LAMAR: But it's a battle because if I say Method Man . . . Will you give me DMX?
LAMAR: Yeah, give me X. That's my 10.
BADU: And then Meth would be the alternate. I hope y'all get that into Interview magazine.