Interview With Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu talks with the up and coming Compton rapper, Kendrick Lamar, about his struggles to adapt to his new public persona due to the success of his debute album, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City released in 2012.
He admits to his biggest trouble, “I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that’s going on. I feel like I’m in my own bubble. People tell me all the time, “You’re crazy, going there by yourself,” because it wouldn’t have soaked in yet that I’m supposed to be quote “Kendrick Lamar”—whoever this guy’s supposed to be. I still feel like me. So it’s really about me trying to adapt—that’s like the toughest thing for me right now. I feel like I’m in my own world.”
Lamar overlooks the unfavorable aspects of fame and focuses his happiness on finally seeing his family financially stable after years over poverty. Exposed to poverty and a substance influenced environment, Lamar has always stayed true to his goals because his family-oriented lifestyle kept him distracted from his reality.
Now in the reality of fame and fortune he is mindful of the consequences that follow the hype of social media, “it can really divert you from what your purpose is or what you’re trying to do. And I’ve seen artists get caught up in that. I’ve seen some of my friends get caught in that. Whether you’re a small celebrity or a grand celebrity, it really triggers something in your brain, seeing all that stuff . . . So I’m real aware of it.”
Straying away from the influences of social media, he confesses about his influences in music and what he wants to achieve. For the entire interview click on the link below.