Kendrick Lamar Talks About His Upbringing Influencing His Sound
Kendrick Lamar doesn't hide the fact that he grew up on the tough streets of Compton and in a recent interview with VEVO and McDonald's, the 'Swimming Pools' rapper explained how his parents helped nurture him musically and impacted heavily on his upbringing and ultimately, his music…
Lamar's parent's introduced him to the sounds of various R&B and hip-hop acts, but more importantly they made sure the rapper maintained a positive and socially conscious outlook on life. Kendrick also claimed that the main reason why he is able to tell such stories and preach through his music is down to his parents.
He said: "I grew up in Compton, the west side of Compton… my moms and my pops were influential. They played everything for me - gangsta rap to oldies. You'd hear Snoop, Dre, and then you'd hear Marvin Gaye on the next track. “I'd stay in my corner, and eventually, they'd say, 'What you've got to do in life is find something positive. You know what reality really is.' Nothing is never sugar coated around here; [you] wake up every morning and pray to God that you see another.”
Kendrick Lamar's forthcoming album 'Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City' is set to drop on October 2.
Words: Kristian Galea (@KrisSoAppalled)