KENDRICK LAMAR LANDS COVER OF “GQ STYLE” MAGAZINE

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California Native Kendrick Lamar will be gracing the cover of the upcoming Holiday issue of GQ Style magazine. In the feature K. Dot dishes on a variety of topics including how he studied Eminem growing up and the possibility of doing a non-rap album. Lamar is seen in a number of pieces from brands such as Burberry, Michael Kors and MP Massimo. GQ Style will be available on newsstands in New York and LA on Tuesday, October 25th, and will be available nationally on November 1st.

Check out some thoughts from Kendrick Lamar below:

On early influences:

“The clarity, I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid…The day I heard The Marshall Mathers LP, I was just like, How does that work? What is he doing? How is he putting his words together like that?”

On meditation:

“I have to have at least 30 minutes to myself. If it’s not on the daily, every other day, to just sit back, close my eyes, and absorb what’s going on.”

On whether he would step outside the realms of rap:

“I think I got the confidence for it. If I can master the idea and make the time to approach it the right way, I think I can push it out.”

On challenging listeners expectations with To Pimp a Butterfly:

“I knew from the jump that it was gonna be a challenge for my listener’s ear. But if I’m challenging myself in the studio, I want to challenge you as well. I just went full-fledged with it, man. We built everything from scratch.”

On his inspirations:

“First off would have to be how I was raised. The environment. My father being a complete realist, just in the streets. And my mother being a dreamer. It starts there first, before I even heard any type of melody or lyric. That’s just DNA. It’s always the yin and the yang, the good versus the evil. And that pushed me toward the music that I love to listen to.”

On the next album:

“It’s soon. I have ideas, though. I have ideas and I have a certain approach. But I wanna see what it manifests. I wanna put all the paint on the wall and see where that goes.”