In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Kendrick Lamar took a break from his DAMN. tour to speak about various topics from his childhood to Canadian rapper Drake.
Man Man (which was Kendrick’s childhood nickname), went on to speak at length about what makes an artist wack.
“A wack artist uses other people’s music for their approval,” K. Dot explained. “We’re talking about someone that is scared to make their own voice, chases somebody else’s success and their thing, but runs away from their own thing. That’s what keeps the game watered-down. Everybody’s not going to be able to be a Kendrick Lamar. I’m not telling you to rap like me. Be you. Simple as that.
“I watch a lot of good artists go down like that because you’re so focused on what numbers this guy has done, and it dampers your own creativity,” he continued. “Which ultimately dampers the listener, because at the end of the day, it’s not for us. It’s for the person driving to their 9-to-5 that don’t feel like they wanna go to work that morning.”
Also, Kendrick spoke about his hit song “Humble” and how the now popular sentence “Hol’ up bitch/ Sit down/ Be humble,” was about himself and no other person.
“It’s the ego,” he said. “When you look at the song titles on this album, these are all my emotions and all my self-expressions of who I am. That’s why I did a song like that, where I just don’t give a fuck, or I’m telling the listener, ‘You can’t fuck with me.’ But ultimately, I’m looking in the mirror.”