Kendrick Lamar has spoken about a “very urgent” new album he’s working on (as the follow-up to 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly) in an intriguing new interview.
Speaking with The New York Times, Lamar says his next album is “very urgent” — but what does he mean by that?
K-Dot says “how wayward things have gone within the past few months” has shifted the focus of his music back towards family and community.
“To Pimp A Butterfly was addressing the problem,” he says. “I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”
Lamar goes on to compare his new music to a parent watching their child grow older.
“One day, I may have a little girl… She’s gonna grow up. She’s gonna be a child I adore, I’m gonna always love her, but she’s gonna reach that one point where she’s gonna start experiencing things,” he says.
“And she’s gonna say things or do things that you may not condone, but it’s the reality of it and you know she was always gonna get to that place. And it’s disturbing. But you have to accept it…
“When I say ‘the little girl,’ it’s the analogy of accepting the moment when she grows up… At one point in time I may have a little girl who grows up and tells me about her engagements with a male figure — things that most men don’t want to hear.
“Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel.”
Late last year it was revealed that Lamar is working on his new record with legendary producer Rick Rubin, but no material from the record has been made public just yet.
Kendrick Lamar – Allphones Arena, Sydney 23.03.16 / Photos: Maria Boyadgis