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Lil Wayne Respects Kendrick Lamar After 'Greatest Rapper' Support & Grammy Award Snub 2016

by Danica Bellini   Mar 16, 2016 10:02 AM EDT

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Kendrick Lamar considers Lil Wayne a huge influence on hip-hop, and here's why:

"Yeah, man, we was heavy. That's a real story - like, we was just huge, still to this day - huge Lil Wayne fans. Lil Wayne is the greatest. Not only because of his music but also because of the culture he put behind it. It was a big part of what he was talking about, so we always hold Lil Wayne in high regards. Juvenile as well. And yeah, it's the impact of them man. To be a part of it the same way he was a part of it years later is just a great feeling." 

According to the "These Walls" emcee, Weezy continues shaping the industry both musically and culturally. Therefore, it's fair to consider him one of the "greatest rappers" in the game.

Lamar praised the YMCMB superstar in a recent interview with The Coveteur (England). During the same lengthy discussion, the 28-year-old Compton native talked about his monumental fashion collaboration with Reebok:

"Being able to create how we want to create-that was one of my biggest things, you know-I don't think a lot of brands will let you put red or blue, or anything that has some type of gang significance on the back of a shoe. So when they first approached us, we just made sure that it was an open space-they were all for it. We got comfortable in that way, we just pushed forward with the idea of collaborating and everything was sweet sailing after that. Once they had a full understanding of we love to be in control and of the representation of what we doing, it was all love from there." 

Once Wayne discovered Lamar's huge compliment, he tweeted on March 15:

@LilTunechi: "Kendrick Lamar a real one #Respek."

Perhaps it's time for an epic collaboration?

Several fans (including Eminem) still believe that Lamar was snubbed at the 2016 Grammy Awards for "Album of the Year."

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