Music | January 4, 2022 12:27 pm

Morgan Wallen Wants to Collaborate With Kendrick Lamar

We're willing to bet he won't get his wish

Morgan Wallen performs onstage at Nashville’s Music City Center on November 11, 2020.
Morgan Wallen performs at Nashville’s Music City Center on November 11, 2020.
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A possible new Kendrick Lamar album is among this year’s most enticing musical prospects, and from the sound of it, Morgan Wallen is eager to get in on it. During a recent interview on Clubhouse, the country singer expressed interest in collaborating with the man responsible for To Pimp a Butterfly, as reported by Variety.

It wouldn’t be the first hip-hop collaboration for Wallen, whose song “Broadway Girls” with Lil Durk is currently sitting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “I do love Moneybagg [Yo]… He’s definitely at the top of the list,” Wallen responded when asked which other rappers he’d like to work with. “But like overall, ever… I’m trying to think of not just in the past little bit… Kendrick Lamar would be pretty cool.”

Of course, that seems like a bit of a pipe dream given Wallen’s problematic history. The country superstar was caught on tape saying the n-word last year. Given what we know about Kendrick Lamar — including the fact that he once called out a white fan for using the n-word while rapping along to one of his songs at a concert of his — it seems highly unlikely that he’d be willing to join forces creatively with someone who has such a poor understanding of why they’re not entitled to use that slur.

Even sans a Kendrick Lamar collaboration, however, Wallen seems poised for a big 2022; he’s currently got a massive arena tour lined up, and he’s already sold out 49 of its 54 dates so far.