Kendrick Lamar's Top 5 Rolling Stone Q&A Quotes: "I Can't Call Myself The Best Rapper If I Have A Gh


Kendrick Lamar's Top 5 Rolling Stone Q&A Quotes: "I Can't Call Myself The Best Rapper If I Have A Gh

Top Dawg Entertainment's Kendrick Lamar did not hold back in his new Rolling Stone cover feature. After reading the jaw-dropping and insightful Q&A, SOHH's picked out our top five fave quotes. Peep 'em below.

1. Kendrick Lamar Has A Very Specific Take On Ghostwriting

Q. Is it ever OK for a rapper to have a ghostwriter? You've obviously written verses for Dr. Dre yourself.

A. It depends on what arena you're putting yourself in. I called myself the best rapper. I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter. If you're saying you're a different type of artist and you don't really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won't be there.

2. Kendrick Lamar Really, Really, Really Loves Africa

Q. Your own trip to Africa, you said, was a really big deal for you. Why?

A. It just felt like a place where I belonged. It was as simple as that. You hear about the land and you hear untold truths about it, and now you're old enough to witness it yourself. It just gave me a whole other perspective on where I'm from. What we're doing in the city of Compton and how the world is just so much bigger than the city of Compton. It just followed me back to the studio. It felt weird when we had to leave and get back on that flight. We all said the same thing, like, "D*mn, we gonna go back to the city. This is home, for real."

3. Kendrick Lamar On Indirectly Taking Sides In Taylor Swift/Katy Perry Beef

Q. When you did the "Bad Blood" remix with Taylor Swift, were you aware that you were taking sides in a pop beef - since she was apparently addressing Katy Perry?

A. [Through laughter] No, I wasn't aware of that, bro. That's a great question. No! On the record, no. Which makes it even more funny now, for sure. That's far beyond my concern. I have to stay away from that, for sure. That's some real beef [laughs].

4. Kendrick Lamar Took Some Gems From Beyoncé's Lemonade

Q. What did you learn working with Beyoncé on Lemonade?

A. How particular to be about your music. She's a perfectionist. Think about the BET performance. She was very particular - the lighting, the camera blocking, the transition from the music to the dancing. It was confirmation of something I already knew.

5. Kendrick Lamar's Optimistic AF

Q. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

A. I'm mothaf*ckin' optimistic for sure. I wouldn't be here if I wasn't! Come on, man, this sh*t 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 f*ck 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.


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