When it comes to skits, Kendrick Lamar has a good thing going. His debut LP, good kid, m.A.A.d city, has been praised for its cinematic approach, and now K-Dot is ready to test his acting chops in front of the camera this weekend when he appears as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" — that's if NBC brass gives him a shot.
"Yeah, I'll do a skit. We clown around in the studio all day; I can do it on TV in front of the camera," Kendrick told MTV News before making an on-camera pitch to the show's producers: "Put me in one of those skits 'SNL'! Wassup?"
On Saturday, the Compton, California, rap star will be holding down the "SNL" fort for the first time with Maroon 5's Adam Levine, who will serve as the show's host. For Lamar, the look will open him up to a broader audience, and he marveled at the idea of performing on the long-running sketch comedy show.
" 'SNL,' that's a whole 'nother world, especially for a new artist in hip-hop. I'm blessed," he said. "I'm fortunate to not only have the urban culture to be looking at my music, but just everybody around the world to feel the same way about it. And I just really appreciate everybody taking the time out to listen."
good kid, m.A.A.d city dropped in October but earned prime real estate on a slew of best-of-2012 lists and is considered by many to be the standout rap album from last year. In its first week, GKMC sold 240,000 units and has already earned a gold plaque from the RIAA. The beauty of it all for Kendrick is that he was able to craft a commercial success without sacrificing a bit of his artistry.
"No compromise at all," Kendrick told MTV News of the LP days before it dropped. "They told me to go and continue doing what I'm doing — Interscope, Dre — continue doing what I'm doing."
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