West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar dishes on last year’s controversial Ferguson, Missouri shooting and why the world is coming to an end in the new Billboard Magazine.
Within his cover feature, K. Dot acknowledges the importance of self-appreciation.
“I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f**ked up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting—it starts from within.” (Billbord)
Lamar also reveals why he feels his days on this planet are numbered.
“We’re in the last days, man—I truly in my heart believe that. It’s written. I could go on with Biblical situations and things my grandma told me. But it’s about being at peace with myself and making good with the people around me.” (Billboard)
Recently, Lamar said the art of putting together a quality project encouraged him to not force out his long-awaited m.A.A.d city follow-up album.
“The hold up is inspiration really, I don’t get in the studio just to rap. I’m in a space now where I got to actually have something that moves me. Going around experiencing different people and meeting different people and having my own issues in life in general, that inspires me to get in the studio and do what I got to do and say something where the people can connect again just as they did with good kid.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
K. Dot also recently said he relied on a few key producers with his music.
“Everything’s really in-house,” K. Dot said when asked about the album. “Of course Dre but I really stick with four producers I’ve been working with since day one. I don’t really go outside of that box. Sounwave, Thundercat, Rocky, Tae Beast, you know, these the cats I’ve been developing with since I was a teen, you feel me? So I always keep it like that and keep my sound as organic as possible.” (Hot 97)