Kendrick Lamar Says "Black Panther's" Themes Reminded Him Of "To Pimp A Butterfly"

Los Angeles, CA – After blitzing by way of the music world in 2017 along with his magnum opus DAMN., Kendrick Lamar opted to take a extra subdued bask within the highlight this yr. However, his influence nonetheless packed a mighty wallop by way of the discharge of his critically acclaimed Black Panther: The Album and its subsequent Grammy and Golden Globe nominations.

In a current interview with the Los Angeles Times, Kendrick, 31, elaborated on making the celebrated venture and the way seeing the event of the accompanying movie brewed his inventive juices.

“It feels great. I’m not only representing myself, but I’m representing my people … people I’ve been familiar with since I was born,” he tells Jess Weiss. “This is another landmark, another stepping stone to something bigger and greater,” he provides. “Best believe I’m proud. And I know Ryan [Coogler] is as well.”

Black Panther: The Album has made it attainable for Kung-Fu Kenny to be aware of eight nominations within the upcoming 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Notable classes embody Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance; with the track classes all being for his SZA-assisted single, “All The Stars.”

As of press time, Kendrick is the proud proprietor of 12 Grammy Awards however similar to he spits on his fan-favorite monitor “Element,” he’s at all times striving to make Compton look higher on the map.

“[The film’s themes] jogged my memory of why I made To Pimp a Butterfly,” Lamar says. “It was survivor’s guilt. You want to be homegrown and help folks back home and give them game. You want to be there for them but if you’re there, then you can’t go out and explore.”

Come subsequent February, ought to Kendrick lastly take that acceptance speech for the Album of the Year honor he’s repeatedly eluded him, there’s probability it will likely be an impromptu event.

“I don’t know what I’ll say if I win,” he continues. “A lot of different emotions will be running through me, and I usually just say what I’m inspired to say at that moment … what comes off the chest. It’s just a great thing to know that these bodies of work come from a simple thought and you put that simple thought down on wax, and then you give it to the people and it goes from there.”

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