Friday, August 11, 2017

Kendrick Lamar on the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine

Kendrick Lamar one of the top best rappers is currently out on his 'The Damn Tour' and you can see him on the new cover of Rolling Stone magazine. On the cover which was shot by Mark Seliger, Kendrick is rocking a black coat and silver chains. In the issue, he talks struggling with depression, having his dad around, critics, Nelson Mandela, Taylor Swift, Humble and so much more. Continue below to read some excerpts from his interview. For more on Kendrick's feature, visit and pick up a copy on newsstand.  

On if he should be having more fun:
Everybody's fun is different. Mine is not drinking. I drink casually, from time to time. I like to get people from my neighborhood, someone that's fresh out of prison for five years, and see their faces when they go to New York, when they go out of the country. Shit, that's fun for me. You see it through their eyes and you see 'em light up.

On if there was a sense that he was a special kid:
From what my family tells me, I carried myself as a man – that's why they called me 'Man Man.' It put a stigma on the idea of me reacting as a kid sometimes – I would hurt myself and they would expect me not to cry. That put a lot of responsibility on me, got me ready for the responsibility my fans put upon me. I ended up getting tough skin, too, even with criticism. My first time in the studio, [label chief] Top Dawg was like, 'Man, that shit wack.' Other artists around couldn't handle that. But it made me go back in the booth and go harder.

On where his maturity comes from:
It just came from being around older motherfuckers, man. I was seven years old playing tackle football with 14-year-olds. Anybody my older cousins was hanging with, that's who I wanted to hang with. I've always been short [chuckles]. Everybody was always bigger and older than me. It gave me insight on people.

On having his dad around:
It taught me how to deal with [pauses] ... emotions. Better than a lot of my peers. When you see kids doing things that the world calls harmful or a threat, it's because they don't know how to deal with their emotions. When you have a father in your life, you do something, he'll look at you and say, "What the fuck is you doing?" Putting you in your place. Making you feel this small. That was a privilege for me. My peers, their mothers and grandmothers may have taught them the love and the care, but they couldn't teach them that.

On struggling with depression:
Um, as of now, I'm cool. I won't say I'm content. I don't want that word. I'm not satisfied yet. But as far as having a sense of personal stress to that level, no. That's a good space because I can now listen to my listeners' struggles and help them.

On critics who don't value lyrics:
You know, hip-hop has a lot of hypocritical aspects of it, when you're talking about lyrics. There's a thousand rappers that can give you bars out there. But the local DJ isn't gonna spin that, no matter how much of a classic golden era he comes from, because he also has to make money at the end of the day. That's just the truth of the matter.

Credit: Rolling Stone

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