Kendrick Lamar Talks New Music and Black Hippy
Backstage before his Lollapalooza debut a couple weeks back, Lamar told Radio.com that his non-stop touring schedule, which includes 19 festivals, was starting to weigh on him. "A little time off would be nice. Two days at least," he said with a smile.
But for anyone who saw Lamar's performance at the Chicago festival, which featured a live band and a crowd-surfing fan in a wheelchair, the rapper didn't seem to be letting his jam-packed schedule get in the way of putting on a good show.
All this time on the road though has made it hard for Lamar to get back into the studio — something he addressed in our interview. He also revealed what fans can expect next from his hip-hop collective Black Hippy and what he really thinks about all those unauthorized "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" t-shirts.
Radio.com: In a Rolling Stone profile from last year, you made a comment that you might not release a follow-up to 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Could you explain what you meant by that?
Kendrick Lamar: I never quite know when I'm going to get back in that studio, you know? It could be tomorrow. It could be a year. It could be two years. It could be tonight. When it comes it will come. That was me saying, 'I don't know when I will get back in there.'
Are you currently writing new music?
Lamar: Yes, I write every day. That's the catch.
Your two studio albums, 2011's Section.180 & good kid, m.A.A.d city, were concept records. Are the songs you've written keeping with that same trend?
Lamar: I don't know. I'd like to do something new, something a little bit different every album. When I get back in [the studio], I think I'll figure it out. But most likely, I wont' stray away too far.
Everyone's interested to know the plan for Black Hippy. Is there a schedule in place?
Lamar: I think the schedule's really making sure Schoolboy Q is solidified as an artist of his own caliber. Then after that we might go full service with it. That will be the plan, as soon as we get it off the ground with Q. Read the rest of the interview here.
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