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Read Kendrick Lamar’s Self-Penned XXL Cover Story


XXL has made K.Dot’s self-written cover story for their last issue available for your perusal. In the essay, the always thoughtful Kendrick ruminates on fans who have said his music helped them get through suicidal episodes, embracing the position of being a role-model and leader, remaining grounded, his transition from rapper to songwriter, the Grammys snub and much more.


Here are the opening paragraphs:

A lot of times in interviews, people ask me things like, “How does it feel now? What have you bought your mom and your pops and family?” Nobody ever really asks about what it’s like trying to adapt to fame and money and how much of a depression it can make for you. How much of a depression it could put you in knowing that so many kids hang on to your words. I can’t make a song like “i” without being in that dark place. “i” comes from going overseas, going to New York, being in L.A. and hearing kids saying, “Kendrick, I was gonna kill myself last week. Section.80, good kid, m.A.A.d city saved my life.” Or “I was gonna kill myself tonight until I came to your show.”

I believe that they are telling the truth. At first I wasn’t so sure, maybe it was just they were excited to meet me. But then they showed me their wrists and had all these different scars from when they tried to take their lives but failed. Or I look into their eyes and their pupils are dilated and they on all these types of meds and drugs, it’s a whole different story to me. That’s when I learned that while I’m making music for myself, drawing from my own experiences and conflictions and battles within myself, this teenager listens to every word I say. And that’s spooky.

Read the full story here.

Photo by Tom Medvedich

Previously: Kendrick Lamar Performs New Untitled Track on The Colbert Report

The one thing you can be certain of when you are at university, there is always a stream of research papers you must write. Then they must be done well, against a strict deadline and often two or three will have the same deadline.

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