While researching a bigger piece on Kendrick the folks over at Passion of the Weiss stumbled across this interview DubCNN conducted with him right before the release of his first mixtape, back when he was still calling himself K.Dot fulltime.
The interview itself isn’t that remarkable other than that it confirms that at one point Kendrick and TDE had a tentative deal with the Roc. Thus, perhaps being the (sort of) smoking gun that the ghost-writing rumors that he did you know what for you know who. It’s also strange to see how arrogant he seems in contrast to the more humble Kendrick that made the rounds for good kid.
That backpacking Compton kid did pretty good a couple years later, I heard.