Kendrick Lamar says he isn’t trying to force the creativity for his next album, which is set to follow last year’s good kid, m.A.A.d city release.
“[I’m] letting the inspiration come for sure,” Lamar said during an interview with MTV. “If I knock myself into the wall, I’ll probably be out the game for a minute because it’s stressful trying to be creative rather than letting creativity come to you and being inspired by something.”
During the interview, Lamar also spoke about the importance of challenging himself and not listening to his previous release often.
“Man if I wasn’t onstage, I probably wouldn’t be listening to it [after] the day I put it out,” he said. “I don’t like to get stuck in doing something [so] that once I do move on and do my next joint, I don’t want to get caught up in it sounding the same or being locked in to what I’ve done already. I always want to elevate myself and challenge myself.”
So far, Lamar says he has plans for the new album.
“I definitely got ideas; ideas for sure,” he said. “Going back in and locking in, I haven’t done that yet, but I have ideas and I know what I want to do.”
Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city was released in 2012. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA. This year, Lamar was named one of GQ’s men of the year, appearing on one of the magazine’s various covers for the issue.