Golden-child rapper Kendrick Lamar is the latest to be featured in Bullett Magazine’s summer ‘Wild Issue’. In his feature interview with Ben Barna, we get a rare tale of Kendrick’s grind from the very beginning, up until to his current stage of growing stardom.
He discusses his upbringing, paying homage to rappers before him, and shares how thankful and grateful he is to be sharing his art with the world.
On becoming comfortable with his newfound fame:
Shit like that trips you out,” he says. “Even just walking onto your tour bus and seeing a full-blown studio in there, you’re like, Damn, I’m really doing this shit.
On commending the success of Jay-Z:
How many tours has he been on? How many verses has he put down? How many interviews? How many radio shows? People forget that. They can’t fathom how a dude from the Marcy Projects is sitting next to Barack Obama, so they make up all types of crazy shit and forget the facts: This nigga dedicated every single day of his life to this, and what he has wasn’t just given to him. It’s no mistake he’s at where he’s at.
On deciding to use his real name, professionally:
I’ll always be K.Dot out in the hood and to my homies,” says Lamar, “but using my real name is symbolic of me showing people who I really am.
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You can read the full interview over at Bullett Magazine. The Summer 2013 ‘Wild Issue’ is on newsstands now.