Yesterday, Billboard unveiled the first edition of its ‘Hip-Hop Power Players’ issue. Unsurprisingly, they chose Kendrick Lamar and TDE’s commander-in-chief, Anthony “Top Dawg” Griffith, to be on the cover. Their interview is a treasure-trove of information for fans, but one tid-bit proves particularly interesting: apparently Kendrick made several editions of his break-out sophomore album good kid, m.A.A.d. City.
“We did ‘good kid’ about three, four times before the world got to it,” he says. “New songs, new everything. I wanted to tell that story, but I had to execute it. My whole thing is about execution. The songs can be great, the hooks can be great, but if it’s not executed well, then it’s not a great album.”
Kendrick also reveals that he was unable to attend concerts in his youth, and that the first show he actually went to was his own, on his first tour. “When I went on tour with The Game, that was my first show… That shit cost money. Gas money. Me being onstage is me fulfilling two different things — performing and getting to enjoy it like the people enjoying it.”
Read the full interview over on Billboard, and revisit the perfection that is the final version of good kid, m.A.A.d. City below via Spotify.
In other music news, Post Malone has enlisted 21 Savage for new single “rockstar.” Listen here.
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