Kendrick Lamar’s successful year continues with a cover story in Interview magazine. Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle served as the interviewer for the profile and spoke with Lamar about his creative process for his now double-platinum album DAMN., the responsibilities that come along with being a celebrity, and the veracity behind his album’s standout track “Duckworth.”
After revealing that “Duckworth” was his favorite song off DAMN., Lamar dug deeper into the track and laid out the blueprint behind the record. “The idea that I wanted to put across from that event was one of perspective,” Lamar said. “Everybody has their own perspective, and recognizing someone else’s perspective blows my mind a hundred thousand percent. The way that event unfolded … I had to sit down and ask my pops, ‘What was your perspective at the moment?’ And, ‘Did you ever think it would come around full circle like that?’ That always fascinated me.”
The two stars then spoke about Lamar’s mission statement as an artist. “As I’ve grown as an artist, I’ve learned that my mission statement is really self-expression. I don’t want anybody to classify my music,” he said. “I want them to say, ‘This is somebody who’s recognizing his true feelings, his true emotions, ideas, thoughts, opinions, and views on the world, all on one record.'”
He added: “I want people to recognize that and to take it and apply it to their own lives. You know what I’m saying? The more and more I get out and talk to different people, I realize they appreciate that – me being unapologetic in whatever views and approach I have.”
On Wednesday night, Lamar finally launched his DAMN. Tour, kicking things off in Arizona. The tour includes openers Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. Take a look at Kendrick’s interview with Chappelle here.