Kendrick Lamar made an early stop by Hot 97 this morning (March 31) to chop it up with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez. They kicked off the interview by talking about his new album To Pimp A Butterfly. K. Dot explained the multiple meanings behind the album. While some assumed that it was based off the book “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the TDE spitter claimed that the similarities between the titles are coincidence. The real meaning of the butterfly is a lot more profound.
“The first [meaning] I can think of off top… taking my celebrity and doing good with it,” said Kendrick. “The butterfly represents thoughtfulness. It represents how people view me in society being on the TV Screen. So what I can do with that is I can say, middle fingers up to everybody back where I come from and go live on top of a hill or I can do something productive with it. Thats one meaning.”
Kendrick said it could also mean the various views of the music industry and how it pimps out artists. Although he felt very “theatrical” while recording the album, he thinks the album “needs to live a little” before it’s considered a classic.
The morning crew also asked him about the track “Mortal Man,” which features an unreleased interview with the late Tupac Shakur. Lamar said that he wrote the song while he was on tour with Kanye West. He received the interview from a dude in Germany and wanted to incorporate it into the song. Afterwards, Laura Stylez asked about the status of the highly-rumored joint album with J. Cole. Kendrick said he’s down to make it happen.
“Yea, definitely. Definitely. I still would love to do it for sure. I talked to the bro, I don’t know, probably a little over a month. He’s on a tour rocking, so we’re going to try to make something happen.”
Watch the full interview above.