Pam Beesly from The Office and Kendrick Lamar might have more in common than you think. Dunder Mifflin's receptionist and Kung-Fu Kenny each had life-changing moments within the hallowed halls of America's favorite grill and bar — Chili's. In a new interview on "The Howard Stern Show" today (December 12), Kendrick described the moment, his first call from Dr. Dre.
"Me and my boy Ali, we was eating at Chili's," said Kendrick. "I'll never forget it. We was eating at Chili's and we got a call like, 'Yo, Dr. Dre likes your music.' And we was like, 'Yo, who the fuck is this on the phone?' Get outta here, man. We hung up ... We might have blown it. Another call came in from somebody else. Then another call came in from somebody else like, 'Yo, they trying to reach out and figure out who you with.'"
Kendrick continues the story revealing what his first meeting with the legendary producer was like.
"The first time was the moment I knew I've arrived, because I'm not meeting [him]," said Lamar. "It's not an introduction. He plays a beat and [says], 'Write to it. I want to see. I want to see if this really you.'"
Handed it to Dre as is — the same way you hear it on this album. When I handed it to him, the initial plan was to go back into the studio and we vibe together and, you know, he do the crazy Dre beats and I rock over at least six of those and we choose from 'em. Moment I handed it in, I think we going into the studio, he's like, 'What you doin'? You're done'... It threw me for a loop.
During the interview, Kendrick also discusses what it was like meeting Prince and working with Taylor Swift on the remix for "Bad Blood." You can listen to snippets from the rest of the episode below.