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Kendrick Lamar Complex Interview Highlights

Posted on the 24 July 2014 by Mikeylately @MikeyLately

Kendrick Lamar Complex Interview Highlights

Yesterday, we saw Kendrick Lamar cover and spread for August/September issue of Complex Magazine. Check out some interviews below.


On the pressure of the sophomore slump and following up GKMC:
  “If I keep focusing on, ‘I need to make something better than good kid,’ it’s going to be just that,” says Kendrick.

Kendrick Lamar Complex Interview Highlights
“That’s not challenging yourself. I don’t want to become that person reflecting on what has been done. What I’m doing now is the question. I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.”

On overcoming self-doubt and the advice Pharrell gave him:  “I was on the tour bus going back and forth on the text with Pharrell,” says Kendrick. “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 Macklemore and the Grammy snub:  “It wasn’t really a huge deal for me,” says Kendrick, who’s known Macklemore for over a year. “Macklemore deserves the accolades. That’s still my partner regardless. He probably didn’t need to Instagram the text. But what’s done is done.”

Kendrick Lamar Complex Interview Highlights

His first big word and how he learned to expand his vocabulary:  “My first-grade teacher flipped out because I wrote the word ‘audacity’ in a story,” he recalls. “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 using music as his message and gift:  “I got a greater purpose,” he says. “God put something in my heart to get across and that’s what I’m going to focus on, using my voice as an instrument and doing what needs to be done.” The only place to do that is back in the studio.

On creativity, making music and accessing his power:  “This is truly a blessing from a higher power,” Kendrick says, “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.

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