• Little Simz

    Kendrick Lamar is a big Little Simz fan. He said as much in an interview with U.K.-based  BBC Radio 1Xtra.

    “It’s a young lady out here that’s pretty dope, by the name of Little Simz,” K. Dot said in an interview from June 9, 2015, also wishing her the best in her career. “Little Simz…she might be the illest doing it.”

    While the London rapper had been putting out projects for several years before K. Dot’s cosign, her status as a UK artist still made her something of a new commodity to U.S. audiences.

    Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, Simz headed out on tour with K. Dot’s Top Dawg Entertainment affiliate Ab-Soul last April.

  • Kemba

    Bronx rapper Kemba received much critical acclaim when he released his Negus album in June 2016. But perhaps the greatest praise was when K. Dot invited the talented lyricist onstage to spit during his own performance at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on Dec. 16, 2016.

    Speaking with Red Bull, Kemba remembered that two others had been called up to spit before he took the stage, performing to mixed reactions from the crowd. That’s when folks surrounding Kemba began chanting his name and Kendrick took notice and invited the rapper onstage.

    Kemba unloaded an acapella rhyme session filled with nimbly rhymed quotables about Black plight, gentrification and a loss of innocence. Aside him, the world’s best rapper nodded along to what Kemba was laying down.

    “He was kicking some shit,” K. Dot said after telling the crowd to make some noise for the MC. “He was kicking some real muthafuckin’ shit. Keep going for it, real shit. Keep going. Kemba, remember that muthafuckin’ name. Kemba.”

  • XXXTentacion

    K. Dot didn’t mince words when it came to the debut LP of one of rap’s most controversial up-and-comers. Two days after the release of XXXTentacion’s 17album, Kendrick jumped on Twitter to praise the young artist for his raw ability to convey emotions. Before this, D.R.A.M. brought XXX onstage during a stop on Kenny’s DAMN. Tour.

    Mozzy

    With his extended prison stint and status as an underground artist, Mozzy probably didn’t expect to hear his name called out on the Grammy stage any time soon. But that’s exactly what happened when K. Dot accepted his trophy for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards on Jan. 28, 2018.

    For his shoutout, Kenny referenced one of Mozzy’s signature phrases. “As my guy Mozzy say, you know, God up top, all the time, real talk, you know?”

    Rich The Kid

    Some were surprised when Rich The Kid pulled up at the 2018 BRIT Awards for a performance last Wednesday (Feb. 21)—but maybe they should’ve seen it coming. After all, the Queen-born rapper has a Billboard Hot 100 record under his belt, thanks to the success of his Kendrick Lamar-assisted single, “New Freezer.” K. Dot’s appearance on the electric track was already a mild cosign, but after K. Dot invited Rich along to perform “New Freezer” on an international stage, his support was solidified. He closed things out by announcing the release date for Rich The Kid’s debut album, The World Is Yours, which drops on March 30