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Ludacris says J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar inspire him to keep rapping

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Ludacris. (Shutterstock/Jamie Lamor Thompson)

Ludacris has credited both J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar with inspiring him to keep rapping.

“I love J. Cole, I definitely love Kendrick Lamar,” Luda, who is currently gearing up to release his first studio album since 2015's "Ludaversal," told Rolling Stone in an interview published Monday when asked which rappers he’s most impressed with today.

“Those are probably my top two," he said. "I love listening to them. I love how progressive Kendrick is and Cole, he’s just… it’s that’s the hunger."

Luda said artists like Cole and Kendrick are what he "needs" to "motivate" him to keep making music.

"I’ve told both of these individuals this," he revealed. "It’s nothing but love.”

Elsewhere in his chat with Rolling Stone, Luda also spoke of which visual creators he currently most admires.

"Whatever my man Dave Myers is shooting these days," said the "Get Back" rapper. "He’s so dope of a director to me, and I feel like he’s made some extremely creative videos."

Having worked with Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, and Luda himself, Myers, 51, is one of the most heralded music video directors of all-time.

Myers directed the video for Luda's 2003 smash hit "Stand Up" with Shawnna, as well as the video for his 2010 hit "How Low."

In recent years, Myers has directed videos for Drake, SZA, Billie Eillish, Ariana Grande, and Childish Gambino.

Luda said that Myers' work with Gambino is his personal favorite.

"What stands out to me is still that Childish Gambino 'This is America' video," he said. "It’s pretty much still one of the dopest videos I’ve seen. I can go back and watch that over and over."


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