Kendrick Lamar has offered some interesting new insights into what his next album is going to sound like. He spoke eloquently to The New York Times Style magazine about some of his motives behind his next project in a recording suite, following on from his mercurial album To Pimp A Butterfly.

Addressing how he aims to continue on from a project of that magnitude he said, “I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork. To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore.” He went on to say, “We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God.”

The most candid part of the interview come about when the interviewer told Kendrick that he was having a daughter. The rapper responded by offering an insight into both his mindset and creative process:

One day, I may have a little girl. And it’s a girl in particular—funny you said that. She’s gonna grow up. She’s gonna be a child I adore, I’m gonna always love her, but she’s gonna reach that one point where she’s gonna start experiencing things. And she’s gonna say things or do things that you may not condone, but it’s the reality of it and you know she was always gonna get to that place. And it’s disturbing. But you have to accept it. You have to accept it and you have to have your own solutions to figure out how to handle the action and take action for it.

When I say “the little girl,” it’s the analogy of accepting the moment when she grows up. We love women, we enjoy their company. At one point in time I may have a little girl who grows up and tells me about her engagements with a male figure—things that most men don’t want to hear. Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel.

Check out the interview in full here, and revisit Kendrick Lamar’s most recent musical appearance alongside Thundercat below.

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Words by Jacob Davey
Music Editor
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