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Kendrick Lamar Talks Grammy Nominations, Drake & Obama in New York Times Interview

Kendrick Lamar
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It’s been a banner year for Kendrick Lamar. He dropped one of the most critically lauded albums in 2015 with To Pimp a Butterfly, which garnered him 11 Grammy nominations and then went as far as to even body a Taylor Swift remix. There really isn’t anything this dude can’t do.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, the Compton rhymer looked back on his biggest year yet, touching on his own victories and commenting on a few of his peers like Drake and Future, plus President Barack Obama being a fan and much more.

Lamar commented on To Pimp a Butterfly saying it did exactly what he hoped it would do. He hadn’t set out to sell a bunch of albums but he wanted it to resonate with people. He told the Times, “…though it didn’t do bad at that either – but to actually have an impact on the people and on the culture of music.”

For his hard work, the 28-year-old rapper garnered 11 Grammy nominations, which is just one shy of Michael Jackson’s record for nods, and the scope of that is not lost on K.Dot as he looks up to the legend.

“Michael will forever be the greatest. I’m glad it was at 11,” he said. “I would never want to even think about putting myself on the same level as Michael, simply because I haven’t put in the work that he did. It couldn’t be a better number.”

As for the rest of hip-hop, Lamar loved Drake and Future this year saying they both “smashed” it. Concerning Drake and Meek Mill‘s beef in 2015, the “Alright” rapper didn’t have time to follow it and simply said “nah I didn’t” when asked if he paid attention.

Makes sense as the guy obviously has a whole lot going on besides some other folks’ squabbles.

You can read Kendrick Lamar’s entire interview at nytimes.com.

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