According to Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, he hasn’t felt any pressure when it concerns the release of his sophomore album, and is instead more “anxious” about the release of the LP, which will follow 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city.
While speaking with San Francisco-based radio station KMEL this week, the rapper revealed that he didn’t feel any pressure prior to the release of good kid, m.A.A.d city and was instead focused on giving it his “best shot.”
“Not really pressure. I think it’s like fun if anything because it’s a challenge not only for myself, my fans. And just me creatively,” Kendrick said. “I think it’s more of an anxious type feeling. Cause this word ‘pressure’ was thrown around right before my album. Every interview I was doing. And seriously I didn’t feel it. I was like ‘I’mma go out here and give it my best shot for what I know.’ And I’mma do that the second time around.”
Kendrick didn’t have much to offer in regards to a release date for his next studio album, but did state that “It’s in the process” and he doesn’t feel it would be right to give fans a release date under false pretenses.
The Top Dawg Entertainment lyricist was later asked about the success of TDE and what they’re doing different from others that may attribute to their success. According to Kendrick, in addition to frequent meetings, TDE also benefits from “good management.”
“I can’t speak for other people, but I know we have meetings,” K-Dot said. “Like real meetings. We sit down. And we been doing this for the past seven, 10 years. Really like grouping up and having meetings of what we gon’ do. You know? And that helps. Communication helps all the way. As far as knowing each individual artist and what they goals are and what they come to do. And that comes with good management.”
Kendrick also gave credit to the late Maya Angelou, referring to the poet as an artist who impacted Hip Hop with her poetry.
“She’s a leader in the way we write,” he said. “We all take bits and pieces from her craft and it [translates] over to Hip Hop.”
Few details have been revealed about Kendrick’s sophomore album, but the rapper did reveal that Dr. Dre has lent his assistance on the project, during an interview with KIIS FM.