Kendrick Lamar is taking the victory lap of a lifetime thanks to his electric sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, but that doesn’t mean that he’s let any other music from this year hit the wayside.
In an exclusive interview with The New York Times, Kendrick mentioned that Future and Drake put out some of his favorite music of the year: “Of course Future killed it. He smashed. Drake smashed. Future’s work ethic was crazy, his energy,” the Compton MC elaborated. “This is the thing about hip-hop music and where people get it most misconstrued: It’s all hip-hop. You can’t say that just what I do is hip-hop, because hip-hop is all energies. James Brown can get on the track and mumble all day. But guess what: You felt his soul on those records.”
Kendrick also noted the impact the song “Alright” has had on the Black Lives Matter movement: “When I’d go in certain parts of the world, and they were singing it in the streets. When it’s outside of the concerts, then you know it’s a little bit more deep-rooted than just a song. It’s more than just a piece of a record. It’s something that people live by — your words.”
Read up on his thought about The Grammys, “real” hip-hop, and being a role model in the interview here.