Kendrick Lamar is one of the leading musicians in the business after his critically hailed breakthrough album, “good kid, m.A.A.d City” (2012) and its equally acclaimed followup, “To Pimp a Butterfly” (2015). Then he released a companion album of unfinished demos in 2016, “untitled unmastered.” He’s currently working on new material, and he discussed his inspirations when he sat down for an interview with the New York Times.
“We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God,” he says. “Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system … It’s very urgent.”
Lamar is also wrestling with ideas of fatherhood, but in an abstract way. “This is what goes on in my mind as a writer. One day, I may have a little girl … And she’s gonna say things or do things that you may not condone, but it’s the reality of it … Learning how to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel.”
Lamar’s work has already earned him seven Grammys, including Best Rap Album for “Butterfly,” but he lost both of his bids for Album of the Year. He was nominated again for Album of the Year as a featured artist on Beyonce‘s “Lemonade,” but she controversially lost that race to Adele‘s “25.”