Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Being Fully Backed By Interscope, Says He Never Had To Compromise
“People tell me this every day, I was in a blessed position,” said Kendrick. “No compromise at all. [They] told me to go, continue what I’m doing — Interscope, Dre. Continue doing what I’m doing. And I think that just comes from them having faith in the music, them believing in the foundation that we built from the ground up, and not wanting to lose that foundation. So many people say, ‘Well I was hearing…he signed to which-a-call-it. I know it’s about to happen now. He’s finna come with something left.’ But at the whole time this was already premeditated how we was gon’ come.”
Kendrick also spoke on the support he received from Dr. Dre who he says was ready to get the balling rolling the first week he was signed to Interscope. He revealed that Dr. Dre seemed confident in him already being developed as an artist and merely asked him how long it would take to create his solo album.
“In so many words you know what Dre said…this probably like my first week after being signed to him. He said, ‘You know what? You ready. Ain’t no need developing you or being over your shoulders. You already ready. How long do you think you’re gonna take to build this album,’” Kendrick explained.
good kid, m.A.A.d city was released in October of this year and was recently named “Album Of The Year” in the 2012 HipHopDX Year End Awards.