XXL magazine gave Kendrick Lamar a name that he’s not quite comfortable wearing yet. Lamar is “the chosen one” for the publication's 2015 Winter Issue, and inside, he divulges what it’s like to hold such a title.
Speaking on the last three years, Lamar notes the effects of his major label debut and how recent “issues of police brutality” changed his music. Nonetheless, being a pivotal rap voice comes with reservations. “I’m two projects in and you have the world saying I’m the one. And I’m still trying to figure out who I even am,” the Compton native shares. “My little sister is 16, my little cousin is 20, my younger brother is 10, they all looking at me like that. When they friends around, they friends can’t walk pass me without asking a million questions about my lyrics. I can’t go to their schools without the same thing.
“Just having the amount of love and energy that these younger fans bring and how enthused they are from just talking with me about important topics,” he continues. “And I’m sitting there thinking, ‘These kids are really listening to me.’ But why am I the one to get this opportunity? And how do I keep that from going to my head and not have an ego? How do I balance it out?”
The admitted “recluse” has become a lyrical super hero of sorts, one whose popularity keeps soaring (even President Obama’s a fan). “I know I’m chosen,” Lamar adds. “I know I’m a favorite. I know in my heart there’s a whole other energy and leadership side of me that I have probably run from my whole life.”
Read his XXL interview.
(Photo: XXL Magazine)