Compton rapper, Kendrick Lamar has had a great year. His album, To Pimp A Butterfly, is gold status and nominated for 11 Grammy awards. In a recent video released by his label Top Dawg Entertainment, entitled “Hardwork”, Kendrick shows that the success and accolades haven’t gone to his head. He attributes everything to hard work.
In Kendrick’s last interview of 2015, he sits down with NPR’s David Greene to discuss growing up in Compton, dealing with fame, and what inspired the songs on To Pimp A Butterfly. He’s also very open discussing seeing his first murder and how he struggled with the recent killing of his friend. He says,
When Chad was killed, I can’t disregard the emotion of me relapsing and feeling the same anger I felt when I was sixteen, seventeen, when I wanted the next family to hurt, because you made my family hurt. Them emotions were still running in me, thinking of him being slain like that.
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