Kendrick Lamar knows how to get his point across. During a December interview with MTV News, K-Dot made it quite clear that he wanted Janet Jackson to co-star in his upcoming “Poetic Justice” video from his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city. He even made a to-camera plea to the pop icon, so did Ms. Jackson get the message?
“Yeah, she heard the message, so we’re still crossing our fingers right now,” Kendrick told MTV News. “She heard it, she heard it.”
On the slow and syrupy “Poetic Justice,” Kendrick and Drake trade bars over a sampling of Jackson’s 1993 single “Any Time, Any Place.” The Scoop DeVille-produced track also borrows its name from the 1993 film that starred Janet and Tupac Shakur, so a video cameo from Jackson would be very fitting.
“Janet, c’mon, Janet. No paperwork with the managers, contact the managers. This is artist to artist,” Lamar pitched in December. “This is a young boy that looked up to you for years. Please, yeah, video, Janet Jackson ’Poetic Justice.’ It’ll only be right.”
Kendrick didn’t want to give away much about the upcoming video, but was impressed by how a simple interview was able to nab Jackson’s attention. “I appreciate you for that, for putting it out there like that, that was perfect,” he said, thanking MTV News. “That’s crazy to me to know that they’re aware of the music, but they’re actually listening to it and they can actually get something that I write on Twitter and everybody else around the world will spread it to them if I can’t reach it.
“That’s the powerful part about social media and the Net in general,” he said.
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