The Inspiration of @Kendrick_Lamar
On a promo tour with JayRock in New York, Kendrick Lamar dropped by the Brooklyn Bodega to talk about his inspirations coming up, politics, and spreading a message to better his city.
" “I was really just sitting back in my house and thinking about why my generation is so fucked up. Why is all my homeboys locked up or dead? I’m probably the last, of like ten of us, that’s really survived and can provide for them and their kids.” “None of my friends have fathers. They momma was on crack. They stay with they grandma. That’s the story of everybody’s life. Period. It’s just more on my generation because that’s the era when it really cracked down on it. I just wanted to make an album about it. I went into the whole thing as a mixtape but it was coming out so crazy that I was like, ‘You know what, I’m gonna put the name on it. I’ma slap it on there.’ Whatever y’all wanna call it, it’s gonna be good music at the end of the day. And it worked... I think a mission I took from Cube was the raw element of [Los Angeles] but not glorifying it. Cube was telling a story. That’s why a lot of people accepted him and really appreciated his music because it was raw. He was overdoing it to where it sounds like a cliche movie but it was actually real life. From the people he grew up around; from the experiences he had; from everybody else’s experiences. And that’s me, man. I’ve been alive 24 years and seen a lot of shit, man. A lot! I just want to spread that message, man, and hopefully it’ll bring a better light to the city.”
Read the whole interview at Brooklyn Bodega.