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“They really let us in the rap game, dawg…”

Journalists shouldn’t have moments of fandom. Not when you’re an adult, that’s what the old heads and forefathers tell you before you even step into the profession. You don’t get to fawn over Beyoncé when she enters a room as much as you want. They teach composure almost better than anybody. Yet of course it slips in certain moments. And considering that rappers are almost the biggest braggarts on the planet, they can’t have those starstruck fandom moments and be taken seriously… unless they happen and you’re caught off guard.

Kendrick Lamar has probably faced that moment only when in front of Dr. Dre and here, when “Top Dawg” delivers the verse from Jay-Z to Dot’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” track. The jokes all on Kendrick as he’s the last person in the room to hear it during a studio session in NYC, to which he can only smile wide and mutter, “That’s grimey…”

Speaking to Rob Markman of MTV, Dot expresses the sentiment even further.

“When I heard that thing he sent back I said to myself, ‘I can’t be no floozy on this mother—er for sure’,” he said. “All them years of being in the studio, all them years of writing, all them years of freestyling and just being a student of the game don’t mean sh– if I can’t live up to this track, at least by a little bit being beside a legend in it.”

We know what happened next, but when you see moments of humility, you kind of get taken aback and just enjoy the moment.