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Kendrick Lamar Talks New Album, GRAMMY Performance, ‘Control’ Verse

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(Photo by Carl Harp/ Radio.com)

(Photo by Carl Harp/ Radio.com)

By Jeremy D. Larson

Kendrick Lamar is nominated for seven GRAMMY Awards this year, which it only the tip of the iceberg for all that the 26-year-old rap phenom has accomplished. In a new interview with Jeff Weiss at The Hollywood ReporterLamar reveals the behind the scene thought process for his co-performance at this year’s GRAMMY Awards with Imagine Dragons. The two will perform a mashup of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” with Lamar’s half-title track, “M.a.a.d. City”.

Kendrick keeps most things shrouded in mystery, including the specifics of his GRAMMY performance. But he does reiterate what he thought about his “Control” verse that dropped earlier this year, the one that sent a shockwave through the rap community.

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“It wasn’t pre-meditated, it just came to me when I was writing that bar,” says Lamar. “The crazy part is, I didn’t think it would ever go to where diss records were coming at me. I thought people would be like… he threw some challenges out there… that was dope.”

He went on to talk a little about his rumored follow-up record to the pitch perfect good kid m.A.A.d. city.

“I’m still seeing what I feel like,” says Lamar. “When I really catch it, I’ll be out there with it.”

Kendrick also discussed the role Kanye West played on his creative process. The two spent time together while Kendrick opened for Kanye on the Yeezus tour.

“Kanye taught me to never to downplay your ideas,” says Lamar. “I learned to always stay as creative as possible and never have any boundaries. Those things that people called ‘rants’ on-stage are real conversations that we had behind closed doors — about business and how when you get to a certain level people won’t want to see you break through because they only see you as a rapper.”

Watch Kendrick at the GRAMMYs this Sunday (Jan. 26), airing at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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