Kendrick Lamar Doesn't Want To Rush Next Album, Talks "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" Artwork

Kendrick Lamar says he will let "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" breathe before dropping his next project and talks about why album work is important to him.

After releasing good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Kendrick Lamar has been fielding questions about the follow-up. However, he's in no rush to discuss any new material as of yet. Instead, Kendrick is focusing his energy on promoting his latest effort. In a recent interview with RWD TV, the good kid explained why he's taking his time with the next album and he also discussed m.A.A.d. city's artwork. 

Regarding the artwork, Lamar shared the thought process behind picking the photographs that were used. 

"[In the cover,] I blacked out all of the eyes, my uncles' eyes, to show the innocence of a kid. No matter what he's surrounded by, he still has that innocence, that presence of wanting to figure out the world and be himself," he explained. "It represents everything about the album. I had this for awhile. I knew this would be my first album cover. 

"The artwork is really about sharing the moments inside the album that makes the connection. I'm used to albums having the total package like that...I really wanted something to define the music, to stick with the music." 

When asked about his plans for his next release, K. Dot said that he wants to let this one sit for awhile before going into his next project. 

"I like to let things breathe," he shared. "A lot of times the music gets oversaturated and the people get tired of seeing your face. So you have to keep reinventing and know that timing is everything. I won't keep hitting them over the head. Y'all gon' live and sit with this for a second and really appreciate it."

The interview can be seen below.

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26 Comments

  • ehowder

    You should check out Kendrick in A$AP's new vid for "F**kin' Problems." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liZm1im2erU&feature=player_embedded

  • Anonymous

    GKMC is handsdown a great album, but i wouldn't call it a classic!! K.Dot deserves every bit of the shine he's getting.

  • Anonymous

    u know slow dr. dre aint about to put out another Kendrick album for years. better enjoy this one

  • Hip Hop please

    Thanks for a dope Hip Hop album K.dot!

  • Anonymous

    ok seriously question people... (without tearing my head off) what does the aa stand for in good kid maad city?? I honestly do not know thanks

  • Anonymous

    You're rite times have changed and thats why we'll neva get DETOX bcuz Dre doesnt want to promote it. That's why the recipe video neva surface bcuz Dre didnt like the way he came off, he'll be 48 n he really didnt want to do 2001 bcuz he felt he was too old. Slim Shady LP: 2/23/99 2001:11/16/99 #StillHope

  • Eye Control

    good kid m.A.A.d city is my favorite album right now, and Kendrick is my favorite rapper. But I'm still trying to put together the pieces, like why he secretly put 2 A's in his album title. I think it stands for Alcoholics Anonymous because in Swimming Pools, Kendrick talks about his severe alcohol addiction. I'm glad he overcame that but I don't like how he promotes weed through his High Power movement. The High Power movement might have been relevant in the 70's but it's not going to legalize marijuana anytime soon, and he shouldn't promote smoking and getting high to the young generation of today. Aside from all of that, this album is a much better improvement over his last Control System album.

  • James

    I'm not expecting another Kendrick album until 2014. We are probs gonna hear that J. Cole Collab sometime next year + a whole lot of Black Hippy Shit.

  • MARIO

    KENDRICK BETTER DROP AGAIN NEXT YEAR...NEW ARTIST AND NEW TIMES....GET IT WHILE U CAN ....EVEN IF ITS A EP....KANYE JAY AN THE GREAT EMCEES DONT TAKE FOREVER....DONT LET DRE FUCK U OFF AND KILL UR MOMENTUM.....DR DRE COULD NEVER GET AWAY WIH WHAT HE DID BACK IN THE DAY...PEOPLE DONT BUY RECORDS LIKE THAT...AND RECORD SALES WILL SHRINK EVEN MORE I THE URBAN FORMAT

    • SERMON

      his point exactly, I think music as a whole would be better off without microwaved brained maniacs like yourself around, you guys are like gremlins man you just want entertainment so you can chew it up & spit it out and on to the next one! Artist cant develop trying to cater to dudes like you...

  • Spd8

    Kendrick is extremely focused and aware. He really does seem wise beyond his years. I have really learned to appreciate this album the more I hear it. I too grew up in the hood in California and it's easy to get sucked into that world and become like the rest. Good looking out k.dot.

  • Anonymous

    "The Dr.Dre Theory for Longevity"... Got to admit Dre has this kid saying the right things in his interviews.#MissionComplete

  • 777

    The Kendrick-J. Cole collab will drop in August 2013.

  • Anonymous

    and be like Dre and release your next album in 5 years

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