Kendrick Lamar has released the cover art for his forthcoming album 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' and has revealed that the image was used to portray the innocence of his youth. The Compton rappers album is set for release on October 22 and in a recent interview with FUSE, Lamar said of the cover: "It's really just a self-portrait. I feel I need this album in order to move on with my life, and I had negative vibes and demons haunting me. I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place...
“I went and put this message out in order for me to grow as a person. I'm glad I did, because it was a venting process to tell these stories I never told."
The rapper then went into detail about the image and the family members involved before informing us that the hardships he experienced as a child will be revealed thoroughly through his music.
"Two of my uncles, that's two of them, to the far right, that's my grandpa and a baby bottle next to a 40-ounce next to a gang sign, holding a kid," he continued. "It's not just music to me. This is a story about the youth and the people that they call delinquents in my city. You look in the background and you see a picture on the wall of me and my pops.
“The eyes blanked out, that's for my own personal reasons. You'll probably hear about that in the album, but that photo just says so much about my life and how I was raised in Compton and the things I've seen through innocent eyes. You don't see no one else's eyes, but you see my eyes of innocence and trying to figure out what's going on.”
Check out Kendrick's freestyle over Biggie's 'Who Shot Ya' which he debuted on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 below.
Words: Kristian Galea (@KrisSoAppalled)