Kendrick Lamar Must Be Dropping Soon
Written by Danny P Ocean on January 9, 2015
For about the last 2 months Kendrick Lamar has been doing the promotional rounds stoppping at radio stations, doing talk shows, and magazines. But we still have not heard anything about an album being released. We don’t know the name, the features, or a date. Is he planning on dropping a surprise album on the masses? The reason I say this is because I doubt that he is going to waste this promotion. Being that he is everywhere right about now, I don’t see him turning around in a few months and getting this much attention so soon. As we all know, you have to strike when the iron is hot.
Well has a self written article on XXL, where he talks about success, depression, and expectations. Here is an excerpt:
It’s definitely a gift and a curse when you make music as personal as I make it. Of course you get the kids out there that say that they relate to you and this song saved their lives, and you helped them with their assignment for this and that. And then at the same time, your privacy is not respected. And all entertainers go through it, but moreso the ones that make very personal music, because it’s not just me you’re focusing on now when I’m out in public, but also on individual characters that I’m talking about in my music. So that’s a whole other ballgame and it’s just something that I’ve gotta accept.
I think the way it is, the positive aspect of me gaining more listeners and giving them some type of motivation and relatable effect, it’s more than running from somebody snapping a picture of my mom’s van that was on my album cover, that she actually still has. I’d never think that would happen, but it’s happened plenty of times to where she has to hide the van now. She can’t drive that thing no more. And she’s old school, she wanna drive it. But I never want them to be in this type of world, because not everybody can handle it. I think the average person wouldn’t be able to handle the day-to-day. It’s a lot of things you gotta deal with. So me doing that, it’s just a piece of me. I gotta find balance and try not to really get too frustrated over it.
I’d be lying to you to say I knew good kid, m.A.A.d city would be as successful as it has been. In the beginning I was very doubtful. Once I was done, the jitters hit me so fast. I was so confident in making it, because I was like, “This is it, man. Nobody heard this story and if you heard it, you heard it in bits and pieces but I’m finna put it to you in a whole album—from Compton, from the hood, from the streets—it’s a whole other perspective and light, I’ma go back and do the skits just like how Biggie and Dre and Snoop and ’Pac did it. And I’ma tell my story.” Then I wrapped up with it and said, “Man, what’s on the radio right now? I don’t think they doin’ skits and things like that.” I don’t know if the people are gonna understand what I’m talkin’ about on this album because it’s almost like a puzzle pieced together, and albums ain’t been created like this in a long time. Albums that actually still reach the masses, at least.
And if that is not enough, Kendrick Lamar gets to have his shine on Billboard magazine also.
For this, Lamar has been lionized by pop-culture authorities ranging from Chris Rock, who called him one of top five MCs of all time, to Taylor Swift, who recently told Billboard, “I wish I was best friends with Kendrick Lamar, and I’m not.” In contrast to Compton’s first superstar, N.W.A., Lamar took a novelistic approach on his 2012 debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — less Boyz in the Hood, more Catcher in the Rye. Certified platinum, it hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200. “I know when I’m listening to Kendrick Lamar that each word was put there for a reason,” says Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds, who performed with Lamar at the 2014 Grammys. “A lot of thought goes into it.” Says John Janick, chairman/CEO of Interscope, which has a joint-venture deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar’s label: “Kendrick pulls culture toward him. He doesn’t mirror it.”
We know you dropping soon Kendrick, you can’t fool us.