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Kendrick Lamar has become one of the hottest names in the music industry, but he's not an overnight sensation. It's taken years of hard work and dedication to get the 25-year old Compton rapper to where he is today.
On October 22nd, the Dr. Dre protege will be releasing his highly anticipated album good kid, m.A.A.d City.
In a new interview with VEVO LIFT he explains how 50 Cent influenced his career.
"Mixtapes for me is really the start of my career," Kendrick tells VEVO. "This goes all the way back to when I was 16, and I was in my homeboy Dave garage. We was looking at what 50 Cent was doing, you know and we was seeing that no money was behind these tapes and they was just getting buzz where they was from. Not only in New York, but it came out all the way to the West Coast. And we wanted to follow that recipe. 'Let's do it too. Let's put 12 tracks on a cd and burn 'em up and pass 'em in the city and see what it do.' It wasn't on no super big scale, but it was the start and it got people to start talking about my name a little bit."