Rolling Stone Interviews Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is the latest artist to get a huge feature from Rolling Stone. It’s no secret that he’s been on top of the rap game for a while now, but with the release of DAMN., Lamar–in most peoples’ minds–has finally made it far enough to solidify his name in the hip hop world. With that being said, Rolling Stone writing “The Greatest Rapper Alive” next to his picture is still a huge deal.
Also on the magazine cover is a reminder that this year marks 50 years of the publication, which serves as a reminder that they have some credibility in the game. Cover stories for RS are a huge deal for someone’s career, and this seems like exactly the right time for Kendrick to get his shine in the mag.
The interview covers everything from childhood to what makes him laugh. Lamar says about his actions as a child eventually effected how he handled his adulthood: “From what my family tells me, I carried myself as a man – that’s why they called me “Man Man.” It put a stigma on the idea of me reacting as a kid sometimes – I would hurt myself and they would expect me not to cry. That put a lot of responsibility on me, got me ready for the responsibility my fans put upon me. I ended up getting tough skin, too, even with criticism. My first time in the studio, [label chief] Top Dawg was like, “Man, that shit wack.” Other artists around couldn’t handle that. But it made me go back in the booth and go harder.”
Of course, putting “The Greatest Rapper Alive” on the cover is only there to stir controversy, and has caused arguments in the comments of every person who posted the new magazine cover. Though it might be subjective, one thing is for sure, Kendrick makes a great case for being at least one of the greatest alive.