Taylor Swift made her love of Kendrick Lamar known in her Rolling Stone profile from earlier this year, and now Lamar is returning the favor. He’s already shouted out the pop star once before and he goes on record again about her in a new interview with Fader: “Shout out to Taylor Swift. You can’t put great music in different genres,” he said. “I enjoy great music outside of my own music all the time, so I definitely can see where she’s coming from when she says that she listens to the record, and it’s a great thing for her to acknowledge that and put that good energy out into the world like that.” He then proceeded to sing a little bit of “Shake It Off,” which you can listen to below, and then added: “Yeah, I ain’t playin’. I say what I mean and I mean what I say.”
Another interesting tidbit from the interview: Lamar dressed as Jesus Christ for Halloween this year. Here’s his explanation to Fader:
If I want to idolize somebody, I’m not going to do a scary monster, I’m not gonna do another artist or a human being – I’m gonna idolize the master, who I feel is the master, and try to walk in his light. It’s hard, it’s something I probably could never do, but I’m gonna try. Not just with the outfit but with everyday life. The outfit is just the imagery, but what’s inside me will display longer.
He’s also still playing coy with when his new album is going to drop.