Kendrick Lamar’s song “i” was released Tuesday (September 23), but the TDE rapper says he prefers the cut not be labeled a single.

“I want to retract the word ‘single,’” Kendrick Lamar says during an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106’s Jeff G. “I want to call things that I release ‘statements’ because this music is something that the world has to hear and it’s not only for me, but it’s for the stress. It’s for our livelihoods. When I want to come back on my release, I want to make sure I do just that and continue that.” 

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During an interview with AMP Radio that was published Tuesday, the Compton, California rapper said that he attempted to minimize outside musical influences while working on his forthcoming album.

“When I go into creating an album or any type of song, I usually cut off everything from the radio because you can easily be influenced from songs that you like, songs that you may not like,” Lamar said. “So I said, ‘I’m gonna go in the studio and I’m going to do what I feel organically without being confined to industry standards or what people assume that I should do,’ because at the end of the day, man, I’m an artist and I would hate to be stagnant.”

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