Kendrick Lamar Talks Debut Album, Storytelling

K.Dot talks about his debut album in 2012 and why he prefers telling stories in his rhymes.

Kendrick Lamar recently chopped it up with TheMashUp.net after a live performance in Sacramento, CA. During the interview, K.Dot spoke about his as-of-yet untitled studio debut album. Although he was scant with the details, Lamar said that it would be out next year and that like Section.80, it was have very features outside of his in-house crew.

"You can expect the debut album [in 2012]," he said. "Section.80 was a warm-up...I'm going to keep it real self-contained, me and my in-house cast like I've been doing...I've got a concept [for it], but I'm still up in the air on the title."

K.Dot also spoke on the art of storytelling and why he looks to his personal life in his songs so often. He explained that storytelling is the most natural way for him to write rhymes. At the same time, he's made sure to keep the best stories in stock for his debut.

"I've been holding off certain stories just for the sake of the music and the sake of my first debut album," he said. "When you hear these stories, they are real stories about my life and the lives around me, people that grew up with me. When you hear 'Keisha's Song,' those are real actual names. I tend to put that in my music because that's easy for me to go in and create that when I can talk about someone I actually know or something that I'm real interested in knowing about. That's when music comes best to me."

The full interview can be seen below.

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24 Comments

  • adoph

    kendrick lamar is terrible. he makes nerd music. one of the worst voices ever. looks like a homo nerd. sounds like a homo nerd. rap fucking sucks now. niggas gas the kid like hes nas in 91. please. almost all kendrick fans are under 18 and they dont buy albums. i dont care who cosigned him. game is a stripper head case and snoop is the biggest sellout in the history of rap.

    • Anonymous

      LOL @ all these mad hipster faggots that started listening to rap after the internet kendrick lamar sucks. it's true. sweet voice. sweet delivery. compton nerd. tragedy khadafi > kendrick lamar. new niggas SUCK. ZERO kool g rap fans like kendrick. 0.

    • The Cool

      LMAO i bet you dont really listen to kool g rap. nas, rae or ghost! youre probably just saying that to look cool. If you actually listen to those rappers then you would deffinantly love kendrick too. GO listen to your Drake faggot bitch.

    • adoph

      look at me im a little faggot fuckboy who doesn't like kendrick. GOD I WANNA SUCK LIL WAYNES COCK SO FUCKING BADLY BECAUSE I DONT KNOW GOOD MUSIC WHEN I SEE IT!!!!

    • SMH

      I can see your one of those homo nerds that doesn't listen to anything other than 90's Hip Hop and Underground. smh,

    • Anonymous

      nas g rap ghost rae thats pretty much it as far as rap today goes. all old niggas. hip hop fell off HARD. anyone that doesn't see it wasn't around when it was popping. and kendrick does look and sound like a homo nerd.

    • Mu

      I try not to come at niggas for their opinions cuz everybody is entitled to theirs. But when you say dudes who can REALLY spit are wack, PLEASE give us an idea of who YOU listen to. I'd really like to know who you consider dope if Kendrick Lamar is a "homo nerd"

    • Anonymous

      i like how whenever a nigga isnt feeling whatever artist is in mention, the drones rush in to say "go listen to lil wayne then" derp. like lil wayne is the only alternative. i think the guys voice sucks, his music is boring. 2k weirdos got the worst taste, from the top down, rap fucking blows.

    • Brennon Hall

      You have to be kidding me. who do you listen to ?! and what sponge have you heard by kendrick lamar theta your judging him by . .

    • Anonymous

      go listen your bf lil wayne

  • Anonymous

    We will hear great things from this dude.

  • B-Dub

    I been bumping Kendrick since the K-Dot days - ain't no doubt in my mind he'll be the next Pac, the next King of the West. Snoop and Game passed the torch at one of their shows. This my nigga.

  • Matthew Lewis

    yeeh i was at this show

  • Anonymous

    if his debut drops in 2012 what was Section.80?

    • Mu

      That should tell you a lot about this dude as an artist... Section.80 had a concept, original production and perfect sequencing. His mixtape is better than most niggas albums! I can only imagine what the debut LP will sound like

    • B-Dub

      It's a mixtape cuz.

  • Anonymous

    Yall be gassin this dude up

  • SutterKane

    He says keep in in house but considering his recent activities that could mean Dre is gonna show up with some beats, Dre is like this kids godfather or summin, The Doctor big ups this kid more then any of his aftermath artists not named Eminem, lol, I've heard Dre talk way more about Kendrick then he ever did Bishop Lamont or any of them dudes I like Kendrick tho, not a very big fan of the younger generations MC contributions but Kendrick is an exception, I'll be peeping this when it drops with high hopes, he has his head together, isnt too influenced by the shit going on around him and already had an impressive warm up with Section 8 0, dudes a promising rookie pick

  • Anonymous

    LOL! Don't get me wrong, this guy is the truth and the future. But can someone please, please give him a wardrobe change and hook him up with a proper fade?

  • Anonymous

    what that means* i just made myself look like an idiot correcting that shit just to make an error myself

  • Anonymous

    "it was have very features outside of his in-house crew." can someone explain to me what that happens? btw, black hippy hopefully will be the next bing thing for the west coast.

    • B-Dub

      Just an error, they meant "it will have very few features outside of his in-house crew". By in-house, he's speaking about Black Hippy and other Top Dawg Entertainment artists.

  • Anonymous

    Usually when you here that people are gonna keep it in house its dissappointing but when Kendrick say that its fucking crazy! Schoolboy is that dude. Schoolboy got crazy potential

  • Anonymous

    I aint gon make it out here in these streets to see that album. Chills thinking bout it but I'm proud of that boy Kendrick.. really had a heavy impact on my life just off of mixtapes. That boy is the truth.

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