On Tuesday, Kendrick Lamar sat down with radio host Howard Stern for a chat. Fresh out of an all-night recording studio session, Lamar dropped by the Stern Show for the first time ever to discuss his album DAMN., which was recently nominated for seven Grammys, growing up in Compton, and, most remarkably, a UFO sighting.
Lamar says he was six years old when he saw something in the sky that looked like “a dart go past.” “I’m going to stand my ground to this… Nobody believed me then and [nobody] believe me now. It’s just something I can’t really describe, because it just sounds like, ‘Okay, you just saw a dart go past.’ That shit don’t make sense… It was just a surreal moment.”
Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers then asked if Lamar was abducted by aliens, and he played along. “I probably did. That’s probably why I’m doing music right now. Who knows. They probably gave me the energy.”
Listen to the full interview here, where he also talks about collaborating with Prince, how his To Pimp a Butterfly song “Alright” has becoming a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, and much more.
Revisit Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA.” below.
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