Kendrick Lamar interviewed with T: The New York Times Style Magazine and he revealed some details about his forthcoming album. He notes the urgency both in society and in dropping his next record, and further explains- “I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork. To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. 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.”
After asking the interviewer if he has any children, Lamar then parallels his writing in the next record to a little girl he may one day have-
One day, I may have a little girl. And it’s a girl in particular—funny you said that. 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. 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. You have to accept it and you have to have your own solutions to figure out how to handle the action and take action for it.
When I say “the little girl,” it’s the analogy of accepting the moment when she grows up. We love women, we enjoy their company. 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.
While the details are still scarce, the record sounds as powerful as his 2015 To Pimp a Butterfly and 2016 untitled unmastered.
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