As the celebrations continue following the release of Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, DAMN., not only do the rave reviews keep pouring in, but countless tidbits also are being revealed as to how the magnum opus all came together.
As fans digested the project for the first time, the striking presence of veteran DJ Kid Capri’s voice may have come as a curious surprise, with the DJ taking on the role of master of ceremonies and guiding listeners through the project. With several appearances on the project, both with his signature voice and expert record scratching, it appears as though that’s not the entirety of the pair’s collaborative efforts.
During an exclusive interview with Mass Appeal, Kid Capri talks about how his involvement with Lamar’s project manifested itself, also revealing that the two have much more recorded material together in the vault.
“There’s a gang of stuff that hasn’t been used yet,” the DJ shared. “That’s why I said I think he’s doing something later on, or he might be doing something for his show, but there’s a lot of stuff that I put out there.”
In addition to hinting he and Kung Fu Kenny possibly have more records together on the way, he also shared his honest opinion now that he’s heard the final product.
“Incredible album,” he continued. “And the fact that he didn’t overdo it with me, but made me the narrator of the album, I thought that was brilliant for two reasons. One, it shows the authenticity. But it also brings another level of bringing East Coast and West Coast together. One of the records I did with Slick Rick and Snoop Dogg, ‘Unify,’ on my last album, Soundtrack to the Streets, was the same kind of concept. So, you know, that thing he said that last time with the whole ‘King of New York’ thing, I think it helps level that out. And it’s good for hip-hop as a whole.”
He also explained how the project relates to his life’s work as a DJ.
“My whole career’s been about advancing the DJ and making the DJ look more like an artist than just somebody playing records — you know, the caliber of producer that’s always going crazy on stage with the art,” Capri added. “So to see this happen, it just shows that the progression of the business is a beautiful thing. And it’s acknowledged.