Fans of hip-hop constantly fight over who should be on the Mount Rushmore of rap. While Kendrick didn’t reveal who are his favorite rappers who have earned a spot on the monument, the Compton native decided to share who he looks up to based on their style.
The Pulitzer Prize-winner took to Twitter on Thursday (September 29) to pay tribute to Los Angeles native Taz Arnold.
the westside original my mount rushmore of style pic.twitter.com/zxR2h6p9un— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) September 29, 2022
The Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers rapper captioned the four photos “the westside original. my mount rushmore of style.”
Not only is Taz a cultural style icon, but he is also a musician. He is the founding member of Sa-Ra (The Sa–Ra Creative Partners) with Om’Mas Keith and Shafiq Husayn. Arnold and Kendick also worked together musically as he co-produced three tracks on Kendrick’s 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly, “u,” “Momma” and “For Sale? (Interlude).”
“He’s ill man,” he told HipHopDX in 2015 of his work with Kendrick. “He directs people. He writes his own material to a whole other level. He writes your material. He’s like, ‘Can you say these parts?’ He’s good to work in the studio. I was very impressed with his acumen and his skill set.”
As for Kendrick’s fashion history, the Compton rapper has inked several sneaker endorsement deals with Nike, Reebok, and most recently Converse.
“I wear this [crown] as a representation so you’ll never forget one of the greatest prophets to ever walk the Earth,” Kendrick told the crowd during his performance. “We gon’ continue to try our best to walk in his image.”
In that same performance he also seemingly called out the US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, ending the 50-year-old constitutional right of Americans to abortion. “They judge you, they judge Christ. Godspeed for women’s rights,” the rapper said multiple times before abruptly exiting the stage.