Arron Afflalo sold Kendrick Lamar a bootleg Jay Z CD in high school
This one guy from my school named Kendrick Duckworth was really into hip-hop. He asked me to burn him Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt. That’s an all-time classic from ’96. You couldn’t just go to the store and buy all these albums, you know? It would cost too much money. But you could come to me and get it for $5.
Kendrick eventually started making his own music. He got pretty good at it, too. You’ve probably heard of him. He goes by the name Kendrick Lamar.
It’s a pretty cool story. The entire essay is worth reading — it’s a fascinating window into Afflalo’s childhood.