Everyone knows that Kendrick Lamar is something legit. He’s proved twice over that in addition to having out-of-this-world talent, he also sits at a table usually reserved for those with more accolades and more years under their respective belts. He’s a voice for the culture, for the youth, and his influence is felt more than I think even we are aware. The prodigal emcee recently sat down with NPR for a deeper than usual interview about To Pimp a Butterfly, his childhood, success and his own shortcomings.
“You can have the platinum album, but when you still feel like you haven’t quite found your place in the world — it kind of gives a crazy offset. When you go inside these places, no matter how much money you have, no matter how much success, when you still feel like you’re not comfortable, where’s the feeling in that?”
On Dealing With Loss:
“I was actually best friends with his [Chad Keaton] older brother, which is incarcerated right now. And him just always telling me to make sure that Chad is on the right path. And, you know, he was on the right path. But, you know, things happen where sometimes the good are in the wrong places, and that’s exactly what happened.”
On Being a “Hypocrite”
“It’s not me pointing at my community; it’s me pointing at myself. I don’t talk about these things if I haven’t lived them, and I’ve hurt people in my life. It’s something I still have to think about when I sleep at night.”
You can listen to the interview in full below.