As he gears up for the March 23 release of To Pimp A Butterfly, the Compton rapper invited the magazine to his hometown to speak candidly about his struggles with self-doubt, as well as his upbringing in the streets of Compton.
As for the title, Kendrick remained vague about what it means, saying: “That will be taught in college courses someday.” He did, however, describe the album as “honest, fearful, and unapologetic.”
“You take a black kid out of Compton and put him in the limelight, and you find answers about yourself you never knew you were searching for,” he said. “There’s some stuff in there, man. It’s a roller coaster. It builds.”
The Rolling Stone issue hits newsstands and the App Store on Friday (March 13).