Kendrick Lamar Hot 97 Interview

Above is Kendrick’s first audio/video interview since the release of TPAB and across 40 minutes, he covers a number of topics.

Here’s the rundown via Miss Info:

— Kendrick says the love that he gets in NYC is like no other. That’s why he’ll always come through — even if it’s just for one day.
— The “Butterfly” represents change
— K.Dot would go in for 10-15 hour sessions with live instruments and write the skeletons to his songs.
— The “King Kunta” video is all about fun and having a good time. He brought the cameras to his hood and let all his homies get some facetime.
— Kendrick really wants fans to take time and listen before they call his album an “classic”
— Kendrick: “Initially, I made my music for people in prison.”
— K.Dot wrote the lyrics to “Mortal Man” on tour with Kanye West
— A fan from Germany sent him the Pac interviews and he lived with them for a bit
— “For me, I want to make music where people will go back and listen to it a 100 times.”
— “That’s the best song I ever wrote,” Kendrick says about “i.” “Never in a million years, did I think I would make a positive record. It’s all God’s work.”
— The Kendrick and J. Cole album is going to happen (eventually). They still talk about it.
— “It’s up to me to bring balance,” says Kendrick Lamar about his purpose in the rap game.
— Right now, K.Dot’s fave song from the album is “Wesley’s Theory” (it changes every week)
— Kendrick: “This is ‘sophisticated Gangsta’ shit. This is the album that I always wanted to make. It’s what I grew up on. good kid, m.A.A.d city, I maneuvered through the cracks. I know what the fans wanted to hear.”
— George Clinton, Bilal, SounWave were all around for a lot of the recording process
— Most of the album was made in LA, “Hood Politics” was made in NYC
— Kendrick’s father played a lot of Ice Cube’s Death Certificate when he was a kid and that was a big influence on him
— “I’m a voice for everyone who can’t talk on a record,” Kendrick says about being honest in his music and addressing situations that he knows everybody can’t talk about publicly.
— ‘Don’t ever take my words out of context because I’m one of the only ones speaking for the streets,” K.Dot on Rolling Stone taking his words out of context.

I bolded out one line there to make sure you didn’t gloss over it. Watch the full interview above and peep the star-studded Hot 97 Summer Jam Lineup, also announced today, below.

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