Bloop…. Kendrick Lamar has deemed himself the G.O.A.T. of rap at this time and to be honest I can somewhat agree, he speaks truth in his lyrics; while others talk about the same, cars, hoes and women…
Kendrick Lamar is Rollingstone’s cover of the month and he addresses naming himself the goat, ghost writing, his favorite Drake song and more… Twitter seems to think that he was throwing shade Drake’s way, when truly, all he was spitting was pure unadulterated facts. I’m not going to bandwagon and say Kendrick is the goat because quite frankly, his career needs some more years in my opinion. But the man lets his talent speak, no bells or whistles.. Nevertheless, check some parts of his interview below:
Is it ever OK for a rapper to have a ghostwriter? You’ve obviously written verses for Dr. Dre yourself:
I called myself the best rapper. I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter. If you’re saying you’re a different type of artist and you don’t really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won’t be there.
If it turned out that you somehow had a ghostwriter, people would really want to meet that guy:
[Laughs] You’re right.
You have a Number One record, which means, on some level, you’re a pop artist:
It gets tricky because you can have that one big record, but you can still have that integrity at the same time. Not many can do it … wink-wink [laughs]. Still have them raps going crazy on that album and have a Number One record, wink-wink.
Other than a few lyrics, you’ve been quiet about Donald Trump. Why?
I mean, it’s like beating a dead horse. We already know what it is. Are we gonna keep talking about it or are we gonna take action? You just get to a point where you’re tired of talking about it. It weighs you down and it drains your energy when you’re speaking about something or someone that’s completely ridiculous.
On the record, I made an action to not speak about what’s going on in the world or the places they put us in. Speak on self; reflection of self first. That’s where the initial change will start from.
On “ELEMENT.” you make that funny distinction between “black artists and wack artists.” What, to you, defines a wack artist?
A wack artist uses other people’s music for their approval. We’re talking about someone that is scared to make their own voice, chases somebody else’s success and their thing, but runs away from their own thing. That’s what keeps the game watered-down. Everybody’s not going to be able to be a Kendrick Lamar. I’m not telling you to rap like me. Be you. Simple as that.
Every time you open your mouth to rhyme, you have to uphold that reputation, live up to your own boasts. How do you deal with that?
Well, that’s the challenge that keeps me going. Can I outdo myself again? Can I make a better rhyme than I made last time? That’s the whole chase. If that wasn’t there, then I’d have stopped after good kid, after I had my first platinum album.
When you did the “Bad Blood” remix with Taylor Swift, were you aware that you were taking sides in a pop beef – since she was apparently addressing Katy Perry?
On the record, no, That’s far beyond my concern. I have to stay away from that, for sure. That’s some real beef [laughs].
What did you learn working with Beyoncé on Lemonade?
How particular to be about your music. She’s a perfectionist.
What’s your favorite Drake song?
Favorite Drake song [chuckles]. I got a lot of favorite Drake songs. Can’t name one off the back. … He has plenty.
Do you prefer him singing or rapping?
Click here to read full interview at Rollingstone.com.