Chris Rock Dishes on "Album Artists" and Why Kendrick Lamar is "The Truth"

Mahlik Campbell

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: Chris Rock of 'Fargo' attends the FX Networks' Star Walk Winter Press Tour 2020 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 09, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Though Chris Rock has made his name through comedy and acting, he's simultaneously established a unique legacy in hip-hop, highlighted most recently by his appearance on the intro of Busta Rhymes's 'Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God.'

But Rock doesn't seem to be a huge fan of the way the rap landscape has evolved to favor hot singles over full-length albums these days.

During a convo with Desus & Mero on SHOWTIME, the 55-year-old touched on why he's "fiending" for new "album artists" like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, though another big name he enjoys is Pop Smoke.

"Who’s the new album artists, you know what I mean?” he poses near the 13:30 mark. “I like DaBaby, but is there a DaBaby album? There’s a lot of guys dropping hot singles, which is lovely. But I like a whole experience that I can marinate on, you know what I mean? Kendrick is like the truth."

He continues, "That’s what I’m fiending for. That experience. A musical journey. The ups, the downs, the weird album track that you know is never gonna be a single, but you love it. Like Slick Rick '‘Lick The Balls.' This is never going to a single!"

Rock also doesn't know who YoungBoy Never Broke Again is despite him holding the throne as the most-played artist on YouTube. Can't really blame him – YoungBoy's crowd leans, well, younger. 


Speaking of kids, Rock's two kids apparently "love Lizzo," according to a cameo he made on 'Saturday Night Live' last December. "I wouldn't miss [her performance] for the world."