Kendrick Lamar Describes Working With Dr. Dre, Updates On Debut Album

Kendrick Lamar explains what it's like to work with Dr. Dre and gives an update on his debut album.

Ever since Kendrick Lamar announced that he and his TDE crew had signed with Aftermath, fans have been clamoring for his debut album Good Kid in a Mad City. Now, in a recent interview with Hot 93.7's Jenny Boom-Boom, K. Dot discussed his much-anticipated debut project.

Kendrick explained that while his first commercial project doesn't have a specific release date, that doesn't mean it's trapped in commercial limbo. He said that he's been factor behind its delay so that he can ensure that he's completely satisfied with the quality of product before he unleashes it.

"I can't give out no date right now, I just know I'm pressed for time," he joked. "[Aftermath] want[s] what I been doing. That's a good space to be in. You can get in a lot situations where your people actually don't understand your vision, but I've got a good backing and good following and a good team behind me, they understand me and it's all on me, so I'm gonna deliver. I've got the music; I'm just real, real sensitive on the touch ups as far as the structure [of the LP]."

K. Dot also spoke on his working relationship with Aftermath head and musical mentor Dr. Dre. Although he said there is some pressure in collaborating with Dre, he looked to many of the same producers from his 2011 smash Section.80 for production on his impending debut.

"It's definitely intense [working with Dr. Dre], but the best thing about it the creative process," he said. "That's the fun thing because he's a genius at his work, and for me to be in the same studio [as him] says a lot about my craft and how far we're going with it, so I love it…I've use[d] my own in-house cast for the majority of the music I did [for Good Kid in a Bad City] - Soundwave, Tae Beast, Willie B, Digi+Phonics - all the people I came up with, they [produced] the majority of the album. When I turned it in to Dre all the way back at the end of the year, then we did new material and see what cuts through."

Check out the full interview below.

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53 Comments

  • chinedu

    I'm one of the biggest kendrick fans i know and i have to say I'm losing hope for this thing dropping. i just hope that if it does drop it won't be a flop cuz i didn't really feel "the recipe"..don't know how a track like that would fit into the album

  • supremethoughts

    its hella comments about kendrick having hella interviews about dre... one thing thats not being mentioned is the fact that the people keep asking him dr dre questions like when they ask him stuff about his album he answers in.. when they ask him stuff about dre he answers it to... like it wouldn't matter if it was kdot or some other newcomer who signed to dre. the media is just drooling over this detox album that has been in the pipeline for damn near half my life lol... and right about now kendrick is the easiest and closest way for the media to get to dre

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  • Anonymous

    SHADY/AFTERMATH/TDE are the real kings of rap.

  • Jon

    Same shit, different day

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  • Anonymous

    Man, Kdot is starting to piss the shit outta me with his midget ass. How can u talk about Dr Gay oops I meant Dre on every muhfuckin article. This 5'0 nigga need to stop sucking Dre's dick and focus on make a great album. gtfoh u 90 pound nigga

  • point blank

    jay z can eat a dick

  • Dre Ain't Shit

    Why he talks about Dre when he won't even produce his album LMAO

  • FuKKK KKKendriKKK Lamar

    This nigga got no life. Everytime he appears he's talking about Dre, cause no one gives a shit about him.

  • Verna

    like Leonard responded I am shocked that a stay at home mom can earn $4499 in one month on the computer. did you see this web page N u t t y R i c h dot com

  • Anonymous

    Dope Boys, Martians vs Goblins, Ricky, Put You On The Game, One Blood, Where I'm From,

  • Eazt Koazt

    west coast rappers are wack give one classic of Dr Dre without snoop dogg. give me one classic of The game without 50 cent. i cant speak about Ice Cube or any low ass selling mother fucker East Side is Hip Hop BIG BiG Pun Jay Z Nas P Diddy Jada Kiss Styles P Rick Ross 50 Cent Cam Ron etc West Coast Eminem Dr Dre Snoop Dogg and the rest is Gabbage

    • Immortal On My Grind

      this nigga finna get some attention. Get off the East Coast's dick you faggot. If it wasn't for the West, none of your favorite rappers would be here today. Seriously, Death Row sold 25 millions records in only 4 years!!! Tell me when an East Coast label did that.

    • Chris

      Ummm if you think DJ Quik is garbage, then your whole perspective is wack. I like East Coast rap too, but denying that the West Coast has classic albums is just plain ignorant.

    • kennyken

      my homie no disrespect but you sound way too young to argue that point

    • Inconito

      Eminem WestCoast ? LOL I didnt know that Detroit was in the West.. U need a map ?? Luniz, Ice Cube, WC, 2pac, King-T, DJ Quik, Alkaholiks, Xzibit, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Dilated People, Pharcyde, Jurassic 5......... West aint shit... REALLY ??? lol u know nuthin

    • Immortal On My Grind

      If you think that because of record sales you're way wrong because the West Coast sold in the 90s what the East Coast will never sell and almost all of the East Coast niggas you mentioned only have ONE platinum album and never went further than that.

    • gb2069

      Fuck all your wack ass east coast picks! I am no the only one from the west that thinks you need to go suck a dick!

    • iddle1

      eminem is from detroit you tard. Blu/Kendrick Lamar are the est outta CA right now

    • Anonymous

      if sales is your only criteria then not only do you not know shit about rap music, but you are also a puppet.. gtfo

  • BLACK

    HOW MANY TIMES DOES HE HAVE TO DESCRIBE WORKING WITH DRE???

    • Anonymous

      yo when i read the title of this article i was like "oh shit not again?" this must be the 10th article where kendrick speaks on dr dre

    • Interesting

      ^^^ Wow. Good point. All these Dre questions would lead you to believe that Dre is actually producing the album. So the real question should be, "How do you feel when you turn in songs to Dre?"

    • firealarm

      yeah and its gonna mislead people and then they'll wonder where the fuck the Dre beats are when Kendrick's album drops. I wish they'd ask something new.

    • Mood

      He has a point tho. Every headlines on Kendrick is about Dr Dre, who ironically won't produce on his album.

    • Yammah

      don't be jealous

  • YESSIR

    K-DOT..WE DONT GIVE A FUC ABOUT UR MUSIC..STOP RIDIN ON DRE S DICK U WANNABE COOL WEST COAST BITCH..U SMALLER THAN MY DICK U 130LBS OF WANNABE COOL WEST COAST NIGGA..SO LET ROZAY DO THE REAL TALKIN WITH DRE..SEE MR LAMAR THIS IS REAL MUSIC..ROZAY MURKED U BAD AND PROVED THAT HE WAS ON ANOTHER LEVEL ON THAT POWER CIRCLE SONG..STICK WITH UR LEVEL OF PRODUCERS GO MAKES SONGS WITH LUGER OR DARKCHILD OR EVEN DAVIDGUETTA ...L.A WHITE TEENAGE BITCHES WOULD LIKE IT IM SURE WITH UR SMALL ASS GEEK LOOKIN NIGGA

  • So Icy Boi!

    Kendrick is dead for me. he was a YMCMB soldier but he chosed Dr Dres gay ass. smh. Lil Wayne wud make a superstar of him. so sad. swag

  • Anonymous

    The best part of this article is him confirming the in-house TDE producers are covering most of the production on his album. Nobody can begin to understand why Dre is so afraid of his own shadow he won't even produce something new anymore, but it's great Kendrick is and has been on top of his game before Dre starting riding on his wave. Unlike the other artists and their records doomed to Aftermath purgatory over the years, Kendrick doesn't even need Dre. His own guys at TDE, the rest of the Black Hippy crew, and his hustle is in his hands and having Dre and Aftermath's reach is just a bonus to back it up. I bet Dre won't have more than one or two records on Kendrick's LP, but even that's a good thing because it's better than screwing up a major label debut with a bunch of overhyped names doing all the production and making an incoherent mess when this guy and his label mates are on their game doing what they've been doing up to now.

  • Anonymous

    jay-z best rapper??? come on kendrick

  • Anonymous

    that white bitch looks completely retarded, she looks like some 40 year old virgin white bitch that buys tayloe swift cd's what the fuck does she has to do wit hiphop

  • Really?

    Please tell me that I'm not seeing like the 10th "Kendrick Lamar talks about working with Dr. Dre" article on Hip Hop DX. That settles it. Either yall are the biggest Kendrick stans or TDE is sliding you some loot. This is getting embarrassing.

    • Really?

      to Cory Gunz>>>>Rest of young money: Actually I'm a Kendrick fan. But I'm not a stan. See I'm wise enough to know that the more they keep running the same stuff, the more haters are going to lurk. When DX first started running KDot articles, you used to see hundreds of comments. Not you see 15-20 because there is actually a such thing as playing something or somebody out. So this isn't the case of hating on Kendrick. Im hating on DX for being over zealous. The man talks about a lot of things in this interview. It's poor journalism to run the same tired headline over and over and over and over. And what I'm not going to do is wish the boy failure by thinking that he may get pushed back or dropped like you mentioned. Why would I think like that? He doesn't even have a date so there is no pushed back. The album will come out when it's ready. DX just needs to be more original with their headlines. That should be simple enough for everyone to understand, right?

    • Really?

      ^^ Lead the way and stop reading my comments.

    • ETK

      Stop fucking clicking on the articles then... That would settle it

    • Cory Gunz>>>>Rest of young money

      It's not that. The kid is honestly the future. And in all honesty, a lot of cats get their fair amount of shine on HHDX. I bet you your fav emcee gets their shine too, so quit playing. If anything, hat eon the fact that this kid's album will be pushed back and he'll get dropped lie all aftermath potentials in the past.

  • Anonymous

    He should stay independent mainstream rap fans want dumb songs about cars,money and bitches with the exception of a few mc's they wont buy and radio wont except it.

  • Anonymous

    ITS ALL ABOUT LIL WAYNE AND YOUNG MONEY NIGGA FUCK ALL THIS KENDRICK LAMAR BULLSHIT, HE AINT EVEN LYRICAL LIKE TYGA AND NIKCI YA DIG, FUCK THAT POP BULL SHIT KENDRICK BE ON WE ALL ABOUT REAL HIP HOP YOUNG MONEY LIL NIGGA FUCK WAT YOU HEARD, NIGGAZ IN THE HOOD DONT FUCK WIT NO KENDRICK SAME WAY THEY AINT FUCK WIT STAT QUO AND BISHOP LAMONT, EVEN DR. DRE REALIZE ITS ALL ABOUT YOUNG MULA BABY, IF U DONT AGREE YOU SUCK WOMBAT DICKS AND LICK KANGAROO PUSSY, YOUNG MONEY MAKE HIT AFTER FUCKIN HIT, IF YOU CANT SEE THAT BY NOW THEN YOU AINT A REAL HIP HOP FAN, NICKI THE MOST LYRICAL FEMALE EVER, DRAKE SPITT HARDER THAN JAY DID IN 5 YEARS, AND WAYNE, WELL, HE THE NEW PAC, BIRDMAN THE NEW AND IMPROVED SUGE, AND IF PAC WAS ALIVE TODAY, HE'D GIVE THE CROWN TO WAYNE, WE ALL KNO ITS FUCKIN TRUE QUIT BULLSHITTIN LIKE U AINT WITTED, WAT WAS THE LAST LYRICAL ALBUM U HEARD THAT WASNT YOUNG MONEY? EXACTLY, NUTHIN MUFFUCKER, AINT NO SUCH THING AS LYRICS IF YOUNG MONEY AINT ATTATCHED TO IT. IM DONE SCHOOLIN YALL KEN-DICK JABAR DICK RIDIN FAGS IM BUMPIN SASARAF AND GOULISH YA HEARD, THATS THAT SHIT NIGGAS IN THE DEEP GUTTAZ FUCKS WITH, THAT HOOD ASS BANGIN SHIT TO BLAZE UP TO, TOP THE NIGHT OFF WITH MY HOMIES STILL AND STARSHIPS YA DIG, GOTTA HAVE SO JOINT FO DA LADIES TOO YA HEARD, DJ KHALED, RICKY ROZAY GET HONORABLE MENTIONS, BUT ITS ALL ABOUT YOUNG MULA AT THE END OF THE DAY, YYYYYMMMMMMCCCCCCMMMMMMMBBBBBBBB!!!

    • Anonymous

      all of ymcb is garbage wayne is garbage thats not real hip hop lame ass niggas

    • YESSIR

      WELL PRONOUN LET ME SAY THAT I JUST SPENT A MINUTE TO WRITE THAT U A WANNABE INTELLECTUAL GEEKIN 130 LBS BITCH MADE NIGGA..IM SURE U SPENDIN 30 SECONDS TO JACKOFF TO UR ROSIE ODONELL LOOKIN BITCH..GET THE FUCC OUTTA HERE THIS AINT FO U BITCH GO BACK ON YOUTUBE FUC BOY

    • Pronoun

      At times, I honestly wonder if you realized how many seconds of your life you wasted, just to troll on a Kendrick Lamar topic. It's blatantly obvious you're not an actual fan of YMCMB. With that said, you wasted a few minutes of your life to type that up. And...why exactly? To "maybe" piss some random people off? What are you doing with your life? Really. I spent 30 seconds typing this, but I'll trade it because I'm waiting on a download and I'm bored. What's your excuse?

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  • Anonymous

    opening up for K.DOT NEXT WEEK DREAMS DO COME TRUE

  • K.Dot is overrated

    Kendrick aight but his flow boring and there are 3 or 4 other west coast MCs that are better than him. IMO, the nigga is a bit overrated cuz rap now sucks so bad that anyone that isn't mediocre is considered the next big thing.

  • Enlightened

    Coming soon....in 2084

  • Real Talk

    Looking forward to the Album, but I think he's gonna get that Detox treatment and keep getting pushed back...

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