Kendrick Lamar Talks J. Cole’s ‘TKO’ Verse, Grammy Nominations

Life is good for Kendrick Lamar. The TDE golden child recently grabbed up seven Grammy nominations for his highly-praised debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city.

“It’s crazy that it’s even nominated in that [Album of the Year] category,” he told Power 106’s Rikki Martinez before taking the stage at Cali Christmas 2013, “cause it’s a really raw album so there’s not too much crossover. To be put in that light is a win by itself.”

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K.Dot also discussed hitting J. Cole’s jack when he caught wind of Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” remix, where Cole took aim at the Compton rapper’s controversial “Control” verse.

“I texted him,” Lamar laughs. “He was in character. He did what he did best: played off words.”

Watch the full interview above.