Compton native Kendrick Lamar has landed the cover of the upcoming August issue of Vanity Fair. In the cover story, K dot dishes on everything from Kanye West’s slavery comments to winning The Pulitzer prize.  Here’s an excerpt from the cover story.

“What gives me an advantage in my upbringing is the duality of seeing one of the most beautiful moments of me being 6 years old, to the most tragic moment of being 13 or 14, and make that connection so the person [listening] can really see the conflict. It was a mindfuck, for sure. I would wake up one morning, and it would be cartoons and cereal and walking back from school. And at 4 P.M., we’d be having a house party ‘til 11 P.M. . .. and people [were] shooting each other outside the door. That was my lifestyle. And it’s not only mine; it’s so many other individuals’. And I wanted to tell that story.”

Check out the full read here.