When Kendrick Lamar dropped "i," the first solo single from his upcoming good kid, m.A.A.d city follow-up, some were surprised by the sonics of the Isley Brothers-sampling track. But K. Dot says that song, and his new music, will potentially be even more raw sounding than his debut opus.
"If anything, aside from good kid, it probably feel even more raw," the rapper said on Monday (November 3) during a visit to "Ebro in the Morning" on Hot 97. "Because it's a little bit more dirty with the live dirty drums on it. It's not something that's contemporary with the MPC and you pressing different patterns and things like that."
Despite that direction, though, Kendrick won't fully commit when it comes to how the album -- which he's still at work on and is due either later this year or early next year -- will turn out.
"We'll see how it come out," he said with a laugh and a shrug.
Things got a little more serious towards the end of the interview, though, when the TDE rapper talked about the responsibility he feels as a role model to kids everywhere that listen to his music.
"What are you gonna be about? What are you saying?" he said he asked himself. "The opportunity you have to talk to people, are you gonna take it for granted? And take the easy way out?"
He won't, he insists.
"I'm gonna do it, if it takes this album, the next album, or ten years from now," he added. "The things that we say on record, it goes out into the street, and the kids believe this stuff. It ain't all entertainment at the end of the day...You affecting somebody."
"I hated the word 'role model,' but you can't run from it."