Kendrick Lamar Discusses Earning 11 Grammy Nominations & Defends Future As A Hip Hop Artist

(AllHipHop News) Even though his latest album came out nine months ago, Kendrick Lamar has been on a mini press run as of late. The new round of sit downs with media outlets is most likely due to the fact the California representative recently earned 11 Grammy nominations. That nomination total is the most of any artist this year, the most ever for a Hip Hop artist in one night, and the second most ever in one night behind Michael Jackson’s record of 12.

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Kendrick’s most recent interview was with the New York Times. The “Alright” rapper covered numerous topics including his Grammy nods. K. Dot also spoke about his favorite rap music of 2015 where he defended Atlanta performer Future as a Hip Hop artist.

On Grammy nominations:

I wasn’t surprised. The Grammys have taste. They’ve had taste for a long time. I’m just more excited that they recognize the time and effort put into the project — gathering all these musicians in one place for six months to a year at a time. It is truly appreciated that they can hear the different influences inside the record.

That’s the biggest accomplishment as far as the nominations: that people recognize it as an album. It’s not just a collection [of songs]. We pride ourselves on that. I wanted it to be that body of work again the same way I did with my first record. This time around, I wanted to make sure that not only were the lyrics appreciated or the beats, but the musicianship, as far as my writing skills, my arrangements. That’s me challenging myself.

On his favorite rap music of the year: 

Of course Future killed it. He smashed. Drake smashed. Future’s work ethic was crazy, his energy. 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…

I don’t know what makes them move on a personal level. I can’t knock it. It feels good when I listen to it, when I’m in that vibe. You feel it. You can get the highest level of that — you can get Future — or you can get the watered-down version, somebody else trying to be that. That’s the bad [expletive].

Read Kendrick Lamar’s full interview with the New York Times here.

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  • This dude is seriously politicking. I don’t know if it’ll work much though. Saying that the Grammys have taste is like saying Donald Trump knows real hip hop. Somebody gave this cat some pointers on how to penetrate the Grammy mindframe. Collab with Taylor Swift? Check! Don’t bash police officers in interviews and take a tone deaf position? Check! Kiss Grammy ass? Check! He might get a trophy or two. But he ain’t taking home the big one. His tan is too dark and his English is too good for the Grammys.

    • Celz

      If they know what’s good for them they will give Kendrick album of the year. Every white publication has already given him album of the year. When Benzino got racist with Em and denied the music it didn’t end well.

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  • Sinbk Legend

    Lol this nigga is definitely playing through the red tape of the industry

  • Papi Peligro

    get them why you lying memes up.

  • Slaughtr

    Kendrick stop the bs all future is a fkn fake ass sing songy dude, high level hip hop brother quit the shrooms.

  • ursocalledgod

    if you pay attention future is not making bullshyt music like most of these radio rappers/ singers. lyrics on point, beats, production. I fux with future. that “what a time to be alive” with the boy drake SLAP. this is from a certified hip hop head, been there from the beginning to the present.

    • Dox

      LMAOOOOOOOOOO at “lyrics on point”

    • Celz

      Jumpman jumpman jumpman jumpman… Lmao.. Shyt was trash.



  • Isa Ibn Maryam

    Stop trying so hard. Your album was jive iight and now you want to push that clown Future Fu(ery…you’re slowly working your way into cornball lane.

  • You ok there Kendrick ?

  • ancientGOD83

    future has found his lane to fame…the hypnotizing chants, similar to lil jons era with the 808/choruses…same with 50 cent and the beefs, or jay z with the clever ways of flossing material wealth…. at least jay admitted that he was spitting knowledge until he sold 5 mill…lil jon was even a nerd until he found his crunk calling…my point is that once rappers find the way to penetrate pop culture and get “becky/tom” to buy into they newly creative image…they cant turn back… so future has found his..alike Kendrick with this “im black, blacka that black” new wave black pride thing…it is what sells… only a few artists in all genres stick to creating from the SOUL/life experiences…majority keep it real until they “crossover” and cant turn back…future is in that space…im not a fan btw..but he is the hottest rappers for the sec

    • No_Man’s_Fan

      Great analogy

    • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

      Becky/ Tom huh ? No one told this dude to stop making songs for Shaniqua and Kenvante. That’s on him.

      • ancientGOD83

        what/ my lil patna played me some old future…dude didn’t rap like he rap today..he RAPPED…this new autotune..saying the same thing…anything…is what the youth like…and pop culture like…and he doing it more and more until his train stops…he not the 1st he not the last…tpain did it 1st and better….. he was creative..then he started making any song to get a check and he burned himself and his style out….called “crossing over” “over saturation”

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        Right. But you can’t put that on Tom and Becky. No one I know listens to that shit. You’d get f*cking laughed at

  • THISIS50

    Kendrick gonna eventually make music with Future, and he will make music with Drake again. their beef was never serious. just minor shots back and forth


    i respect anyone for not being negative, kendrick said exactly what he should say…..with that being said….i wouldnt say futures music is garbage, but its pretty close

  • T.A.P.

    Club records……

  • Brindle

    fools is getting waaaaaay to friendly with wack shit…


      fools like u cant recognize real music these days…

      • Brindle

        Future sucks

  • Larry Sandwiches

    Future sucks. Thats all.

    • J Burn

      No Kendrick sucks!

  • Celz

    When Future comes on I get the energy to turn it off. I have seriously enjoyed plenty of mariachi and country music more than him.

    Kendrick is on politician shyt, can’t knock him. He’s trying to validate the culture as a whole so he can’t publicly diss any artists or people will try to separate Hip Hop into two genres.

  • Bo$$ Bueller

    Kendrick being politically correct about futures special olympic rap style, he so kind!

  • Mike Peterson

    This is exactly what i hate about the once i consider the real one, always legitimizing this wack raper thats why they taking over the game. future gets good beat thats ait, lyric suck and weak. want a real rapper listen to freddie gibbs and stop bullshitting


    THE GOD MC KENDRICK is going to have the toughest time on his 4th album…it seems like J COLE OR BIG SEAN have it easier…DRAKE is the mainstream at this point…….but..LUPE FIASCO is a “lyrical” pioneer in this whole “HIPSTER”/HOP genre….#THE COOL 2 should be EPIC!…..TETSUO & YOUTH was FIRE!…#MURAL..finally got its props..



  • hoeyuno

    Kendrick was in a good fk’n mood haha

    • Ipullcards

      U see all those nominations..

  • youKNOWthatYOUugly

    I listen to a lil bit of future’s music. The good songs are dope and move the needle, but the bad ones are SOOO wack that it’s hard to listen.

    • Anthony Mason

      All of them my nigga. This is hip hop s*** over here on this side of the track….

      Only needle moving must be that heron he still drinks….

      Lean addiction is a sign of weakness…

      • youKNOWthatYOUugly

        lol I ain’t gone lie it do sound like he on that shit.


    Funny cause Niggas that dont like”Future”…Dont Have a Dope Car with sounds,They Dont get Money and they not gettin Bitches..Some of you hip hop lames just cant relate to how REAL niggas Get it#PROPS2KENDRICK

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  • RAMADAwhite

    theres different music for different moods. Im not knocking future i dug his album but it does get annoying after a little bit but if I’m in the club with a nice lady and a future song comes on I’m gonna dance to it. He got catchy tunes. Same with kendrick now he’s music is far from be annoying and its has substance but i definitely don’t wanna hear someone talking about his subject matter when i wanna be ignorant in the club or party. Its called balance. The problem with rap is that majority of it is lopsided towards the more negative tunes and people think thats what rap is and its not that. As consumers and reps for the culture its our job to demand a balance of records whether by purchasing/not purchasing or going to see a real hip hop show instead of trap rappers. Once the labels, program directors etc see it profitable then a change will come about in my opinion.

  • JerZeBoy

    K dot just doesn’t want to burn bridges. futures music is not for me. I like the beats and melodies, but a grammy?…no


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