GQ BRINGS KENDRICK LAMAR AND RICK RUBEN TOGETHER FOR AN AWESOME CONVERSATION (Video)
It’s almost hard to believe that Kendrick Lamar and producer Rick Rubin had never met before doing this interview with GQ. The two apparently had such a good time chatting it up that according to the magazine, they began working in the studio right after the interview.
The interview ranged from the breaking down Kendrick’s Alright track as a protest song, sitting on that Pharrell beat for about six months, meditating for 30 minutes a day, the direction of his next project, the impact of jazz sound, Snoop Dogg’s Nuthin But A G Thang visual, the impact of meeting Dr. Dre, To Pimp a Butterfly, Michael Jackson and so much more.
He also went on to break down how was inspired by Eminem’s lyrics and flow to the point of studying him and his abilities since the marshal Mathers LP. "The clarity, I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid," he says. "How I got in the studio was all just curiosity. I had a love for the music, but it was curiosity. 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? And then, why don’t you go in the studio and see? So I do that.
Then it became, how’s his words cutting through the beat like that? What is he doing that I’m not doing, now that I’m into it? His timing is impeccable. When he wants to fall off the beat, it’s impeccable.”