Kendrick Lamar and Kodak Black’s similarities on the mic have been pointed out by Charlamagne Tha God.
On the latest episode of his Brilliant Idiots podcast, the Breakfast Club co-host spoke highly of both MCs and said people need to put some respect on Kodak’s name.
“Man, do people realize how dope Kodak Black is?” Charlamage asked. “Not just as a personality but as a rapper, as an artist. The thing that warms my heart the most is I know these true Hip Hop heads be like, ‘Ah, Kodak Black’. I look at Kodak Black the same way I look at Kendrick Lamar.”
He continued: “I’m not even joking. I feel like they’re both two different levels of prolific and they’re telling similar stories just from different places. They are just two different versions of the same kid from the hood.
“They’re two sides of the same coin, that’s why it made so much sense to me when Kendrick got Kodak to narrate his album.”
Kodak Black played a big role in K. Dot’s latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, not only delivering guest verses on “Silent Hill” and “Rich (Interlude),” but serving as narrator on “Worldwide Steppers” and “Mirror.”
During an interview with Spotify at Rolling Loud Miami last August, the Florida rapper spoke about his kindred connection with King Kendrick.
“Me and Kendrick, we got a lot of little things in common that people probably don’t wanna understand,” he said. “Both of us, we Geminis, both of us Hebrew Israelite. Me and him, we can talk and he understand me beyond the internet theories. He got a different perception of me and he ain’t cap. Like, he say we gon’ do something, we do it.”
He added: “You know, Kendrick from the streets for real, too. I fuck with that boy, I got a lot of love for him.”
Kodak also showed his appreciation to the Compton native for featuring him on multiple Mr. Morale tracks.
“He puts me on game,” he said. “He genuinely wanna see a n-gga win, for sure. We could have just did the song and it never came out, but he went as far as having me speak on the intro, the interludes and all this other stuff, having me do a poem on there. He already know where my intellect go.
“So he like, ‘Man, I just want you to go in there and talk your shit.’ And he trust me, and I appreciate him for trusting me with his album ’cause he ain’t gotta do none of that.”
Kendrick even brought out Yak as a special guest during his headlining performance at Rolling Loud Miami, where they performed “Silent Hill” together for the first time. The track was one of the most popular singles from Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.