With his hardcore lyrics and unapologetic style, Kendrick Lamar has become a top shot in Hip Hop.
Kendrick recently sat down for an interesting GQ Style interview with record producer Rick Rubin. The duo talked about Lamar’s influences, his writing process and what it took to record the number one protest anthem ‘Alright’
Kendrick who disclosed that he was inspired by Eminem when he was a kid, said…
”I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid. How I got in the studio was all just curiosity. I had a love for the music, but it was curiosity. The day I heard The Marshall Mathers LP, I was just like, How does that work? What is he doing? How is he putting his words together like that? What’s the track under that? An ad-lib? What is that? And then, Why don’t you go in the studio and see? So I do that. Then it became, How’s his words cutting through the beat like that? What is he doing that I’m not doing, now that I’m into it? His time is impeccable. When he wants to fall off the beat, it’s impeccable. These are things that, through experience and time, I had to learn”
Peep a few highlights from the interview below;
Rick Rubin: When making music, do you ever consider the audience at all, or is it more just self-expression?
Kendrick Lamar: I used to consider the listener. But now I’m in a space where if I’m not inspired, I can’t really do the music. I can’t feel it. I put in enough hours to be able to pen a hundred-bar verse on the spot at any given moment. But for me to actually feel an idea, it has to come from me. And a lot of times, I have to block out different needs and wants just for my own selfish reasons. But at the end of the day, it comes out where, whether you like it or not, you know it comes from a real place. It’s gonna feel unapologetic, uncompromising, and it’s gonna feel me
Rick Rubin: Has there ever been anything that comes up that you feel like, I don’t want to say that on a record?
Kendrick Lamar: That’s a great question. I always said to myself, if I said it on a record, I never retract my statements. Because it’s my self-expression, and you can have your opinions on it, you can feel a certain type of way, but it’s how I feel. And I can’t contradict that at all.
You can check out GQ.com for more deets about Kendrick’s interview.
Photography: Paola Kudacki