Kendrick Lamar Says Jay-Z Has Never Charged Him For Lines, Publicly Thanks Him — 'I Really Appreciate That'

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Jay-Z values his work relationships.

It's All Based On Relationships

As AfroTech previously told you, the rap legend and billionaire once said relationships, and sometimes talent, are the main factors he looks for when agreeing to do music collaborations.

During an episode of Kevin Hart’s Heart to Hart, the comedian asked Jay-Z, “When you make the decision to attach yourself to somebody else’s body of work, or a cameo, or a moment… is that all based on relationships, at this point, or talents that you’re a fan of?”

Jay-Z responded by saying, “It’s mostly — it’s actually always been mostly relationships. Sometimes it’s talent and sometimes someone asks me to be on some. Pretty much every song that I am on I am asked to be. I don’t ask people to be on their songs and I never charge.”

Kendrick Lamar Gives Major Props

Kendrick Lamar is one of the rappers who, fortunately, has a relationship with the rap billionaire.

After Lamar finished a sold-out show at the Barclays Center On Saturday (Aug. 6), he had an impromptu performance at Dumbo House, HipHop-N-More reports.

In attendance were Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

During the night, Lamar shared his brilliance with the crowd, performing some of his heavy hitters including “The Heart Part 5” from his latest album “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.”

During the performance, Kendrick Lamar highlighted Jay- Z for clearing the line “I do this for my culture,” which samples Jay-Z’s 2001 song “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”

“Hov, good looking out for clearing that m-thaf-cking line,” Kendrick Lamar said during the performance. “You ain’t never charged me for no m-thaf-cking line, dawg. I really appreciate that sh-t.”