July 22, 2014


Kendrick Lamar Talks New Album Details, Collaborating With Dr. Dre

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B***h, don't kill his vibe! Kendrick Lamar revealed that his highly-anticipated good kid, m.A.A.d city followup is underway. In an interview with Complex, the rapper revealed that he has over 30 or 40 songs already written for his new upcoming full-length, slated to arrive before the end of this year.

Lamar also shared that he has been working with Dr. Dre and is still "flirting with ideas" surrounding the album's title. The rapper also got pretty personal, recalling early moments of articulate glory, texting with Pharrell and more/

On his newfound celebrity status:

“When I went back to my old high school, all these kids looking at me like I’m the real big homie, the same way I look at Jay ZNas, or Dr. Dre. You would’ve thought Michael Jackson walked through that joint off the excitement that they had.”

On feeling uncomfortable about good kid, m.A.A.d city's ability to become successful:

“I was on the tour bus going back and forth on the text with Pharrell. I asked him, ‘You think they gon’ get it?’ And he told me, ‘Don’t ever doubt yourself again. Always be aware but don’t ever mistake your first mind, your input of where your heart is at.’”

On his gift of language:

“My first-grade teacher flipped out because I wrote the word ‘audacity’ in a story. I knew the word only because I heard my auntie and uncles arguing, saying, ‘You got the audacity to take my motherfucking drink and pour it out?!’ I learned all my words like that, so when I went to school it was in my head.”

On recording:

“This is truly a blessing from a higher power and as long as I understand that there’s really no limitations to what I can do. Everything is forward with me. When I’m in the studio I’m looking for creativity I haven’t matched yet, a feeling I haven’t felt. It’s a high. When you look at people like Jay Z, Nas, Dr. Dre, these people are established, but they love music and they love that high. You always want that feeling of creativity.”

Read the full interview here.