Kendrick Lamar speaks on his inspiration from 50 Cent as he addresses following 50’s mixtape blueprint to success. During the interview, the TDE artist also touches on his forthcoming major label debut.

K. Dot recently chopped it up with VEVO Lift and spoke on following 50 Cent’s mixtape “recipe”:

“Mixtapes for me is really the start of my career. And this goes all the way back to when I was 16 and I was at my homeboy Dave’s garage. We was looking at what 50 Cent was doing and seeing that no money was behind these tapes and they was just getting buzz where they was from. Not only New York, but it came all the way to the West Coast. We wanted to follow that recipe, ‘Let’s do it too. Let’s put 12 tracks on a CD and burn ‘em up and pass ‘em in the city and see what it do.’ It wasn’t no super big scale, but it was the start. It got people starting to talk about by name a little bit. It got to the ear of Top Dawg, the CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment.”

As the interview continued, the TDE rep spoke on his major label debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city, which is slated for an October 22nd release:

“The name of my new album is good kid, m.A.A.d. city. I really wanted to reflect on where I come from. If I’m gonna be at the forefront of this whole movement I want to expose other talent cause I think that’s what’s gonna help take us to the next level and not be so selfish and keep these people in these neighborhoods…I always wanna bring that out to the table and be able to get a collective of art. Not only my life, but other people lives and other people’s experiences.”

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s interview with VEVO Lift, below: