Rick Rubin Interviews Kendrick Lamar About Making A Non-Rap Album, Being Inspired By Eminem & More (VIDEO)


(AllHipHop News) GQ Style  commissioned legendary producer Rick Rubin to sit down with Kendrick Lamar for an in-depth interview.

Rubin questioned the Grammy-winning rap star about numerous topics including whether Kendrick would ever be interested in creating an album where he is not rapping.

“I think I got the confidence for it. If I can master the idea and make the time to approach it the right way, I think I can push it out,” responded Kendrick.

The discussion also included Rubin and Lamar talking about the clarity of the TDE representative’s lyrical content as opposed to many of the modern-day rappers’ focus on “vibe” over bars.

“I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid,” explained Kendrick. He continued, “The day I heard The Marshall Mathers LP, I was just like, How does that work? What is he doing? How is he putting his words together like that? What’s the track under that? An ad-lib? What is that?

Eminem annotated part of the GQ feature via Genius. The Detroit spitter praised K Dot’s first major label album good kid, m.A.A.d city.

“When I first heard Kendrick’s debut on Aftermath, I couldn’t believe it. The fact that it was his first real album and he was able to make it into a story which intertwines with the skits like that was genius,” wrote Em. “That hasn’t really been done that many times, let alone on someone’s first time up. The level of wordplay, the deliveries, the beats—it’s just a masterpiece.”

Read the full Rick Rubin/Kendrick Lamar article with Genius annotations at GQ.com.