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Kendrick Lamar Believes He Has Been Chosen

12/16/2015
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(Radio.com) Kendrick Lamar appears on XXL Magazine's December cover, where he ruminates on fame and being cast as a role model when he's still trying to figure out life.

Lamar discusses constantly asking other artists about their rise to the top in order to figure out how it changes someone. "For me, the whole complete world changed within six months of good kid, m.A.A.d. city coming out," he says. "It wasn't about the money change, although, that did happen, but it was like I stared seeing who I really was during that first run and learned more on the second. Either you notice who you are who are or what you ain't pretty fast when you get fame."

Even though his fans and others in his life constantly look to him as an example, Lamar insists he's still trying to figure things out, too. Still, he knows he has a talent, one he can share to help inspire and lead people.

"I know I'm chosen," he says. "I know I'm a favorite. I know in my heart there's a whole other energy and leadership side of me that I have probably run from my whole life. How much power do I want? How much can I handle? That's the question I keep asking myself. 'Cause when you are a voice for the youth, nothing can stop you. The youth is what changes things. Can I lead that? Should I? I get confused because people are championing me to be that vocal point and it's a challenge for me to be that because I have some fear of that type of power. This goes back to me being who I naturally am or who think that I am now, that 28-year-old kid that's kind've a recluse. But 28 is old enough for me to figure out who I am and have that power at the same time, that's the battle and it's a trip." Read more here.

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