After holding down his fans with a generous handful of guest features over the past six months and then some, Kendrick Lamar is finally gearing up to do what he does best yet again.
In a new interview with the New York Times T Magazine, the Compton rapper opens up about what fans can expect from his new album. Judging from the details regarding his inspiration for his follow-up project to the Grammy Award-winning To Pimp a Butterfly, this next one just may end up being his best album to date.
During the in-depth conversation, a light is shined on the fact that while he is a religious man, the media interestingly enough doesn't often paint him as a religious artist. With his new album, he's opening up about how his faith has been consistently immersed in his music, and that's not about to change with his highly anticipated fourth studio album.
"To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem," he says, talking about the themes of religion and politics in his music. "I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore."
He also goes on to share that his next project is something he's been building up to, after addressing the problems found in gang-ridden communities everywhere, it's now time to discuss how God comes into play.
"We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God," he says. "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 then presses that this album arrives at an "urgent" time, confirming that the project will speak on God in a way that combats the fact that religion is often considered taboo in conversation and entertainment alike.
Check out Kendrick Lamar's interview with the NY Times in full here.
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