There Have Been a Lot of Kendrick Lamar Interviews. This One is Different (Video)
Kendrick Lamar has done a slew of interviews over the last few weeks since the release of his album, To Pimp a Butterfly. With so many conversations, inevitably, there is a fair amount of repetition. When Kendrick visited The Breakfast Club, however, Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee brought something different to the table and, in response, they got quite a bit of new information from Kendrick.
While there was some similar conversation about the themes of the album, there were several topics addressed that have received much less coverage. Kendrick spoke about the label mishap that caused the premature release of his album. He discussed working with George Clinton, Anna Wise, Bilal, Terrace Martin, Thundercat and others for the better part of a year in order to craft a specific sound, as they inhabited specific “characters.” He addressed why he has not yet worked extensively with Dr. Dre, saying there was a plan in place and suggesting more collaboration was forthcoming in the future. He talked about some of the sonic techniques employed in the recording of the album, using analog over digital, in order to create a warmer sound. He recalled how he secured the footage used in his “conversation” with Tupac on “Mortal Man” and the process of clearing it with Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother. And, in a rare moment about his personal life, he even acknowledged that he was recently engaged to his longtime girlfriend.
No matter how many Kendrick interviews you may have watched of late, this will provide some new and interesting insights. Check out the video.