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Kendrick Lamar Explains How He Brings a Song to Life

Kendrick Lamar Explains How He Brings a Song to Life

Kendrick Lamar is opening up about his music in a new cover story for Variety.

Here is what the 30-year-old rapper had to share with the mag:

On his process on bringing a song to life: “For me, prior to me recording, it’s 70% me just formulating ideas in my mind and 30% just collecting sounds and making sounds, prior to me actually getting in the studio. Then it’s about figuring out which angle I’m going to attack it from and how the listener is going to perceive it. These are the ideas you’re constantly, constantly thinking about, and it’s not really about going to instrumentals and bringing on beats [from producers], because I feel my greatest knack is for taking cohesive ideas and putting them on wax. So it starts with me first, with my thoughts.”

On his hometown of Compton, Calif.: “I see improvements in people stepping up, for sure. We have a lot of figures who love the city but won’t set foot in it because of the danger. I still have family there. Some people don’t, so they don’t feel the connection. But these kids are excited about it – as long you put the practice behind it; that’s where things start.”

On the current political climate: “America will survive once it recognizes the position it’s in, and the trials that it’s facing. Once people stop being nonchalant to it and recognize it, that’s when. When it’s not something that’s just swept under the rug because we’re the quote-unquote ‘greatest country in the world.’”

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