Chris Paul & Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar and Chris Paul were recently interviewed on ESPN The Magazine. They talked about different things including competition as well as the negative influences that they have encountered. The LA Clippers baller and the rapper actually met on Twitter. They discussed about their separate careers which is sports and the music industry.
How did they manage to evade the land mines in their respective careers?
“The negative influences, the drinking and smoking, you’re around it every day. But that doesn’t entice me. You do it, and you think it’s cool because your boys are doing it, so you’re a follower. I reached a point in my life where I wanted to be a leader. If this stuff don’t entice me, why am I following you? Once I looked in the mirror and decided this is who I am, and I’m not scared of who I am, and I’m not scared that I can’t be like you, and I’m good with just doing me, that’s when I found myself, as a man.”
“Family was real important in putting me on my path. I’m so blessed to come from a home with a mother and a father. What I do for a living, a lot of people didn’t have that. And like Kendrick’s saying, I learned not to give in to peer pressure. You think those people are your friends, but I think they see it as a weakness. If you don’t give in that first time, that second time, not only will they leave you alone, but they’ll realize how strong you are. You know, I’m a little brother. I’ve always been small.(5) People have said I have a Napoleon complex. But I’ve always had to fight for everything that I have.”
Lamar further added:
“That’s what makes the relationship between sports and music so cool. At the end of the day, what’s most important is that these two kids who kept on grinding super hard are coming together. And that shows the next little kid in the neighborhood, if Chris and Kendrick can do it, I can do it.”
Paul also added:
“That’s the other side of the business relationship: Genuine friendship has to be there too. I mean, my brother is my ace, my wife is my wife, but some of the things I go through, they can’t understand. That’s where this relationship with Kendrick initially comes from — you see somebody just like you who overcame hard times and strives to be the greatest in their field.”
Is genuine friendship really important?
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