In an interview with GQ Magazine, Kendrick Lamar said that he had experienced an unusual dream in which the legendary late rapper, Tupac Shakur, spoke to him.
“I was coming from a late studio session, sleeping on mom’s couch,” Kendrick Lamar said. “I’m 26 now. It wasn’t that long ago. I remember being tired, tripping from the studio, lying down, and falling into a deep sleep and seeing a vision of ‘Pac talking to me.”
Compton native, Lamar, added that he is not a superstitious person, which made the experience even stranger.
“Weirdest shit ever,” Lamar added. “I’m not huge on superstition and all that shit. That’s what made it so crazy. It can make you go nuts. Hearing somebody that you looked up to for years saying, ‘Don’t let the music die.’ Hearing it clear as day. Clear as day. Like he’s right there. Just a silhouette.”
He explained that the vision of 2Pac influenced his lyrics.
“It wasn’t just about money, hos, clothes, drinkin’,” Lamar says. “I mean, I come from that world, but at the same time, I started to realize that there’s people out there that can’t really connect to that lifestyle. They’re in the struggle.”