Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city” recieved Nas’s approval, claiming that it was one of his favorite albums of 2012. At one point during his interview, Nas was quoted saying, “No disrespect to nobody else in rap music, but Kendrick Lamar. I’m really happy about his record. I needed that. His record reaches you. It gives you hope.”

During an interview with Fuse, Kendrick responded to Esco’s compliment stating that he was honored that someone as influential as Nas would give such high marks to one of his projects.

“That’s crazy, I didn’t hear that,” he said. “That’s amazing, just off the fact that it’s Nas. You can hear the influence [of him] on my storytelling. For somebody who’s been a lead player in this game for so many years, a veteran as far as longevity and skill, that’s an accomplishment just on words alone.”

He went on to explain his hard work and dedication to the album, agreeing it was the best release of 2012:

“I definitely feel like that. It’s about hard work. Not to knock anybody else, but I know the work and the time that I put into this album. Months and no sleep and just working in that studio. I definitely feel like I can’t slide nothing away as far as the accomplishment and accolades that the world is saying. I definitely feel that way.”