A week after dropping his DAMN album, we get to hear Kendrick Lamar discuss it, via a lengthy interview on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe.
Recorded ahead of his headlining performance at Coachella’s first weekend, the two met up at Kendrick’s Los Angeles home. And, during a 45-minute chat, he speaks in-depth about the project.
Later, he touches on everything from his influences (Tupac, Jay Z, Eminem, etc.) to President Barack Obama and his frustrations over President Donald Trump.
“It’s an album about my own self-discipline,” says Kendrick. “That’s my favorite word this past year, discipline and obedience, and how to control your own emotions and how to even speak that truth on a record, to expose yourself even more, to have that closer connection with another human, and have them relate to it.
“It’s not easy telling your truths,” he added. “Things that you fear from when you were seven, 17, and even a couple of years ago. But I know, at the end of the day, that the music is not for me. It’s for somebody else that’s going through a fucked up day to listen to and progress in their lives. That’s the reason why I always choose to have that dynamic, being selfless in the whole situation.”
Watch the interview below: