West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar recently discussed his movie-themed good kid, m.A.A.d city solo album and what high-profile entertainers he would want to take part in the project’s upcoming short film.
While Lamar pictured R&B diva Rihanna for the role of sketchy love interest “Sherane,” Kendrick said he envisioned former “The Wire” star Tristan Wilds and Hollywood actress Taraji P. Henson in the movie project.
“Visuals… When I call it a short film, I don’t just call it that for the sake of the album. So that’s a hint,” Lamar said when asked what is next for him. “[I could see myself] directing for sure. I haven’t really thought about starring in it… I can, because it is me and my life. [Who’d play me?] Anyone in the world? It would have to be somebody… there’s one kid on The Wire, Tristan Wilds [who played Mike Lee]. [Mom?] I probably get Taraji Henson. [And Sherane?] I would love to see Rihanna in my movie [laughs]. Looking at this cover right here, man.” (GQ)
Recently, the Aftermath Records star named Brandy his all-time childhood crush.
“My celebrity crushes as a kid? This is a trip because it’s funny. When I was a kid — I was like seven, I found this four-leaf clover and I had picked it and my wish was to meet Brandy for my birthday. The wish never came true though. [laughs] So I don’t know if I believe in four-leaf clovers.” (FUSE TV)
A few days ago, Lamar publicly pleaded for R&B veteran Janet Jackson to consider coming through for his “Poetic Justice” music video.
Lamar even went as far to make a personal pitch to the icon, hoping to eliminate the difficult process that often comes with working with a star of Jackson’s stature. “Janet, c’mon, Janet. No paperwork with the managers, contact the managers. This is artist to artist,” he pleaded. “This is a young boy that looked up to you for years. Please, yeah, video, Janet Jackson ‘Poetic Justice.’ It’ll only be right.” (MTV)
To date, the rapper’s new solo album has already sold over 500,000 copies.
West Coast rap newcomer Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city moved down eight spots to No. 40 with 24,000. With a full two months knocked out, Lamar’s new LP sits at 506,000 sold records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
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