Kendrick Lamar Talks Drawing Inspiration From Busta Rhymes & Missy Elliott

Kendrick Lamar shares some of his visual inspirations.

BYMitch Findlay
Kendrick Lamar Talks Drawing Inspiration From Busta Rhymes & Missy Elliott

From "Humble" to "Element," Kendrick's DAMN videos have possessed excellent cinematography across the board. With every drop, K. Dot further proves that he's firing on all artistic cylinders. The man is multimedia with it. One has to wonder, is there anything he can't do? From the sound of it, the cinematic vision was always present. Like many of the game's auteurs, Kendrick simply drew on the foundation set by the visionaries of yore. 

In a recent interview with Billboard, Kendrick reveals his of his biggest inspirations where music videos are concerned. He reflects on his childhood memories perusing BET, stating "I'd be on the phone with Dave -- you know my partner that does the videos with me -- and we'd be watching Missy Elliott videos back in high school, and Busta Rhymes videos. They were always big inspirations." One might recall Busta's outlandish video for "Break Ya Neck," which featured a Revenant-eque bout of man vs nature as Busta goes head to head with a mountain goat.

He elaborates, stating "So by the time we got to the point where we can mass produce visuals on that level, we said to each other "We all in," and that we've been waiting for this moment. So, I think it's something that always inspired us to do it, just being a student and always appreciating somebody being willing to put full impact and full ideas not only into the songs, but when you're watching the songs."

Coincidentally enough, both Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott recently teamed up to deliver one of the Super Bowl's more memorable ads. Perhaps their aptitude for wild music videos was what drew Doritos and Mountain Dew to them in the first place. For more from Kendrick, including his future aspirations to hit the courts for the next celebrity NBA All Star Game, check out the interview in full here. 

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Kendrick Lamar Talks Drawing Inspiration From Busta Rhymes & Missy Elliott
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<b>Feature Editor</b> <!--BR--> Mitch Findlay is a writer and hip-hop journalist based in Montreal. Resident old head by default. Enjoys writing Original Content about music, albums, lyrics, and rap history. His favorite memories include interviewing J.I.D and EarthGang at the "Revenge Of The Dreamers 3" studio sessions in Atlanta and receiving a phone call from Dr. Dre. In his spare time he makes horror movies.