Kendrick Lamar Reveals Why He Wrote 'i'

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar Reveals Why He Wrote 'i'

The rapper's empowerment song was meant for a specific audience, he says.

Published November 4, 2014

It's been two years since Kendrick Lamar released his instant classic, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and with fans everywhere awaiting a new project, the elusive Cali rapper sat down with Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning to discuss music, culture and his latest influential single, "i."

Besides telling the morning show about his work with Pharrell and the development of his highly anticipated sophomore album, Lamar also explained what the taboo topic of self-mutilation has to do with the song.

“I wrote a record for the homies that’s in the penitentiary right now," Lamar said, "and I also wrote a record for these kids that come up to my shows with these slashes on they wrists, saying they don’t want to live no more." 

Lamar later went on to show his love and support for label mate ScHoolboy Q's success, which includes a No. 1 album and a plethora of features on hit singles. He also opened up about his relationship with Lady Gaga, a possible mash-up tour with Imagine Dragons and that awkward post-Grammy Macklemore Instagram post regarding his Grammy loss for Best Rap Album. 

No date has been set as yet for the release of Lamar's sophomore LP.

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Written by BET-Staff


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