Lyrical giant Kendrick Lamar has offered up some insight into his new album in an interview with The New York Times Style Magazine, along side Beck and Tom Waits, where they discussed inspiration and their creative process.
“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,” Lamar told The New York Times.
It seems the artist is going to rekindle his voice from his 2015 sophomore studio album ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, his most honest and anguished work, that could be described as a dissection of the cultural and political state of Americas heartland.
“To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem,” he added. “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.“
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But this new work will not be a repeat of his last, Lamar seems to have his head on a different platform as he discussed his writing process; the current political climate will certainly take the stage but his inspiration for this album stems from a surprising analogy.
“This is what goes on in my mind as a writer. 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. 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.”
The artist certainly has big plans for the new album and although no official release date has been set, he did mention it is “very urgent”. Could we be previewing any of his work as he headlines Coachella next month? Stay tuned.