Kendrick Lamar Details Grammy Nomination & Writing Process

TDE's Kendrick Lamar says his focus is on his art because his success came from his music, not hype.

Kendrick Lamar, who is nominated for seven Grammys in 2014, recently spoke about how it feels to be nominated for awards and how different his life is today compared to when he began his career as a young man from Compton, California. 

"The reality of my existence now, I kind of had an idea of what it would be like, but it's definitely a lot more work than the eye could see," Lamar says in a video posted by Grammys' YouTube channel. "I always go back to just the thought of one person listening to my mixtape or demo or song to get your community to listen to it, or your neighborhood, your state, the West Coast, the East Coast and build up all the way to Grammy nominations, believe it or not." 

The Grammys-sponsored video also includes a portion of the clip which focuses on Kendrick Lamar's writing process and how much it has changed over time. 

"I'm meeting different people, different cultures so I'm constantly writing," Lamar says. "The process now is so spontaneous. It's whatever I get my hands on. Whenever an idea approaches, I gotta write it down. I gotta keep a mental note. Whether it's a napkin, my phone, a book or anything. Inspiration is everything. That's my main focus, my art, knowing it wasn't the hype, it wasn't press, it wasn't publicity stunts. It was the music from Day 1. I have to remember that." 

The Grammys are slated to take place January 26 in Los Angeles, California. The show is set to air live from Los Angeles, California on CBS. Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are set to perform at the event. 

Macklemore, who is also nominated for Grammys, recently spoke about his nominations during an interview with The Source

"If we win a Grammy for Best Rap Album, Hip Hop is going to be heated," he said. 

During the interview, Mack said he believes the award should go to Kendrick Lamar.

"In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick [Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city]," Macklemore said. "He's family. TDE is family, and I understand why Hip-Hop would feel like Kendrick got robbed [if he didn't win]. I'm not trying to compare albums; I think you can make an argument for both. With that being said, I am a huge supporter of what Kendrick does. And because of that, I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album."

More from the Kendrick Lamar Grammys video can be found below. 

RELATED: Macklemore Says Hip Hop Will Be "Heated" If He Wins Best Rap Album Grammy

53 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Usually I'd make a Kendrick joke, but seriously, if he wins a grammy what will it mean for his career? Will the second album be more pop, with the usual suspects as collabo's, or will Kendrick reach deep and make the album he wants?

  • La Brea and Rodeo

    Hopefully he learned his lesson about trying to start fake rap beefs and just continue writing his weirdo bisexual raps

    • Anonymous

      fake rap beefs weirdo bisexual raps you can tell kendrick got these haters jealous their fav rapper rick ross cant go plat once in 8 years and kendrick did it in 8 months on his major label debut

    • Anonymous

      You're kidding, right?

  • Anonymous

    This kid delivered a classic album in 2012. If he doesnt get that award...I dont know what else a true MC has to do. This nigga will go down as one of the greatest

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  • Anonymous

    I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaSNK0pm4eY

  • Anonymous

    In 10 years, if Kendrick keeps putting out quality material and sell solid numbers, he'll be a legend.

  • Jay-Z

    This album will go down as one of the best albums of all time for any genre just like Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt, Ready to Die and the other rap albums that are considered the best of all time. When those albums came out we didn't understand how great they because were very young at the time. Now we have a chance to witness a classic and a legend in the making. The storytelling is amazing. It's like a movie. You can't just listen to a couple of songs or skip through. You have to listen straight through from beginning to end.

  • ortiz

    classic album! THIS IS HIP-HOP, play your rap somewhere else

  • ANONYMOUS

    Good god, I havent heard an album like this in a GOOD minute. I will actually purchase this rather than download it. If hip hop artist pumped out more stuff like this, labels could move units like it was '98.

  • Joey

    Amazing album. When I listen to it, it was more than music, it was a story of a person just like me with dreams, fear, dangers, trouble, happiness, adolescence and maturity. He stayed true to his roots he kept it original but different. God bless Kendrick Lamar and hip hop.

  • nIkls

    he better win aoty and raoty..

  • MOCJYU

    One of the best Album I ever heard!! Point Blank!!

  • azerty

    kendrick bringing hip hop back

  • zeerax

    not a big fan of this guy but I have never seen an artist like him... will be remembered, no doubt.

  • PRINCE AWESOME

    The dickriding in this website (both commenters and publishers like) is so insane, they might as well make a religion worshipping this guy. He is a great rapper and all, but he is NOT the best there is. I am sure Kendrick will tell you all the same thing if he were to read thee comments.

    • Desert City Bandit

      @chris wtf are you talking about. Have you even listen to an entire pac album before or did you listen to a couple of his singles? He did have some positive tracks (Dear Mama, Old School, Keep ya head up, etc.) but 2pac was on some straight up gangsta shit before he died (No More Pain, Trobulesome 96, Souljas Revenge, Hit em up, Bomb first) And im a huge pac fan but dont get it twisted

    • zeeg

      I'm not a fan but hes the best doing it right now.

    • sam snead

      Ya people are getting a little carried away, he has the best major label debut since Lupe Fiasco-food and liquor of course Lupe fell off hard after that. GKMC is not no reasonable doubt or illmatic though, his skill is undeniable and he is a breath of fresh air into this era and ushering in a new era that may or may not be great in hip hop. If Kendrick Lamar was to die this year before his time god forbid, where would you rank him? Not in the top 5, not around people that had their career cut short like BIG L and BIG Pun. He would most likely rank around people that had a great debut and some good underground work like 50 cent,AZ,Lupe,etc. I strongly disagree with people who think he is whack or all hype, I also strongly disagree with people that think that he is the greatest thing ever

    • chris

      there has been nobody who made positive great music since 2pac and his pen game is crazy i wont say he is best there is cause its not true he been out 3 years but his album might be the best rap album ever since illmatic or enter the 36 chambers

  • murp

    he is the best no doubt who else makes you feel good when you listen to them. i was just about to give up on rap till he came along, i am not the only one who feels like that. HiiiPoWeR

    • zeef

      not a fan but backseat freestyle is one of the best songs I have heard these last 5 years, he diplays one of the msot innovative and complex flows of all time on that song ( innovative rhythmic levels)

    • sam snead

      Even the greatest rappers of all-time have a bad verse or weak song Truth. Off the top of my head, Kendricks eminem imitation on that love game song or how about backseat freestyle on GKMC

    • Dave d7b

      True in my case as well. Grew up with Snoop and Dre and gave up on the genre after NAS/Mos Def. Kendrick pulled me back in. GKMC was a brilliant album, definitely the most complete album I have found in the last decade of hiphop. Upon revisiting the genre I have found some amazing tracks (from ALL artists). Kendrick has the skills, production capacity and a story that represents the time we live in. A single isnt hard to make, an album is.

    • Truth

      Agreed I gave up on hip hop since 2003 o bumped the classics from the 90s until I found kendrick lamar 3 years ago. He's the whole package he can do any type of rap he goes on mainstream pop tracks and mursers it he sings he does hooks all the time I've never seen an artist who has a different flow for every single song, I've yet to hear a bad verse I challenge anyone to find me a verse that is bad by him. 2pac my all time favorite but I think kendrick is a lot better in some areas especially how versatile he is, 2pac still has him on lyrics because 2pac could say more back then but 2pacs mouth about the government got him shot and kendrick is aware of that which is why he's careful about what he says.

  • Anonymous

    He deserves it. Checkout thegrandreport, they got some good hip hop videos and more on there

  • VOUCHIR

    like the grammy experts said last week, this is the only classic of our generation

  • azzeer

    this guy will be remembered

  • mAckle

    I'll give up on hip hop if he doesn't win tbh & I'm not even a fan.

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  • azerty

    He gave me faith in hip hop again

  • fribberg

    hope he wins that grammy, he deserves it more than anybody else

  • Anonymous

    They gon rob this nigga blind. Macklemore gon win Best Hip Hop. Watch. They did it to Lupe, he shoulda won for The Cool. Cant nobody do what Lupe did with the cool. Nobody past or present. They gave it lil wayne. That album sound like scratching a chalkboard now. Fuck the grammys

  • Anonymous

    Waiting on the next album to prove it wasn't the hype

  • Anonymous

    kendrick's next album will make illmatic look like shit, of course you all won't realize it until 5-10 years down the road because everyone says there current music coming out is shit......

    • Shadow Precinct

      ^^ Illmatic is still dope, not just "for its time". That's the hallmark of a classic album, the music is timeless.

    • Benny Medina

      Bro..chill. Illmatic in its time was dope. This is a new era. No need in comparing the two classics. They are each dope in their own right and their own time period.

    • Anonymous

      I'm a Kendrick fan, but I wouldn't go that far.

  • Anonymous

    best rapper of all time.

  • DUMMIESONHHDX

    This guy sucks. Where all the weezy fans at now that wayne isn't the spotlight ya fuggin tools.

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