Kendrick Lamar sheds light on his psyche and the motivation behind his highly anticipated next studio album.
People are expecting big things from Lamar after the monumental success of his sociopolitical platinum-selling work, To Pimp a Butterfly. Speaking with The New York Times Style magazine, the Compton-born rapper revealed what he has planned.
“I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork,” Lamar said. “To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore.”
“We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God.”
An interesting deviation in the interview saw Lamar reflect on having a child one day, after the interviewer revealed he had just welcomed his own newborn daughter:
One day, I may have a little girl. And it’s a girl in particular—funny you said that. She’s gonna grow up. She’s gonna be a child I adore, I’m gonna always love her, but she’s gonna reach that one point where she’s gonna start experiencing things. And she’s gonna say things or do things that you may not condone, but it’s the reality of it and you know she was always gonna get to that place. And it’s disturbing. But you have to accept it. You have to accept it and you have to have your own solutions to figure out how to handle the action and take action for it.
And this discussion may provide insight as to how Lamar writes his music:
When I say “the little girl,” it’s the analogy of accepting the moment when she grows up. We love women, we enjoy their company. At one point in time I may have a little girl who grows up and tells me about her engagements with a male figure—things that most men don’t want to hear. Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel.
The Alright rapper most recently released Untitled Unmastered, a compilation of previously unreleased demos recorded during To Pimp A Butterfly.