Regarded as the “best rapper alive,” Kendrick Lamar is an artist unlike any other. He recently sat down with Rolling Stone, giving an extensive interview discussing everything from obsessive studio habits to the temptations of stardom. A budding legend, Lamar shows what it means to turn words into art.
In the Rolling Stone interview, Lamar expressing gratitude for his recent success, telling interviewer Brian Hiatt, “If I can make one person – or 10 million people – feel a certain type of euphoria in my music, that’s the whole point.” Lamar talks about teenage dreams, maturity, and claims about him having a ghostwriter, which he outwardly denies. The interview goes into depth about the making of “HUMBLE,” as well as other major tracks from DAMN, .his most recent album The thorough interview also touches on the rapper’s work with Bono and Beyonce, as well as his trip to Africa which he remarked was a “really big deal” for him.
A multitude of genres discussed, Lamar paints a picture of his life, who he is, where he comes from, and what inspires him. When asked if he is optimistic or pessimistic for the future will hold Lamar says,
“I’m mothafuckin’ optimistic for sure. I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t! Come on, man, this shit don’t happen to everybody. Almost all of my best friends are in prison. Forty years plus. Every show, they wanna see pictures. They tell me, “You gotta be optimistic as fuck to be where you at. We didn’t have that. The glass was always halfway empty.” And it’s not just being optimistic. It’s really about being responsible. You can talk about dreams all day and “what I want,” but you gotta put an action behind it.”
His DAMN album debuted at #1 with the largest first-week sales numbers of 2017, and the album has spent 16 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 charts. His previous album, To Pimp a Butterfly debuted atop the Billboard 200 and was ranked as the best album of 2015 by Rolling Stone, Billboard and Pitchfork. It was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at the 58th Grammy Awards. Since 2014, Lamar has been nominated for 21 Grammy Awards alone, winning seven.
Lamar lives at the top. And with unrivaled success, there’s no doubt he’ll be staying there.