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. 

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