Kendrick Lamar is at work on his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, releasing October 2nd. While he’s worked with Gunplay and Dr. Dre on a few pre-album leaks, K. Dot says that guest features will be kept to a minimum on the project, explaining to CBC Music that the LP will be organic and that no collaborations will be forced.

“I’m selfish – it’s all me,” he said. “I’ve got to pick what feels right. I never go into it thinking, ‘I want to get these people on there.’ No, I don’t force nothing and right now it’s turning out to be all me.”

He did confirm that his Black Hippy crew, which also includes ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, will make appearances on the album. But even as his profile continues to rise – he was recently featured on XXL magazine‘s cover with Dr. Dre – he doesn’t feel the need to call on big name favors.

“People get in this position and feel like they need the big producers, the big artists,” he said. “Nah – I’m still hungry. I want to show and prove to the non-believers.”

(August 1)

UPDATE: Top Dawg Entertainment confirmed this afternoon (August 29) that Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city will release on October 22 via Interscope/Aftermath/Top Dawg.

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