Dave Chappelle quizzes Kenrick Lamar on fame, audience and fandom in a gargantuan new interview

Since he dropped Good Kid, M.A.A.D City  almost five years ago, Kendrick Lamar has proved himself not only as a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop, but a formidable voice for America’s unheard.

For Interview Magazine’s latest cover story, they pitted Lamar against comedy powerhouse Dave Chappelle for a chat. Catch some of it below.

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If you put Kendrick Lamar and Dave Chappelle in a room together, what do they talk about? Find out in a gargantuan new interview.

CHAPPELLE: It seems like you maintain your relationships well, that you’re paying attention to them. Have the changes in your lifestyle made it harder to do that?

LAMAR: It will never be easy. There are so many people pulling at me at one time—some want the business, some want my love, some just want my support, just to be there or to acknowledge them the same way I used to. To be able to figure that out is an ongoing process, because there’s always another show, another album, another moment that I don’t want to miss. But I’m pacing myself. I hope the powers that be keep me on a straight course.

CHAPPELLE: From the outside looking in, you’re doing beautifully, man. Your work is great, and you seem grounded and centered and focused. When I was your age, I used to fuck up all the time. [laughs] Hopefully, I can catch one of your shows on the road. I’ve heard nothing but good things. As a matter of fact, the first time I heard about you was through Mos Def, who told me years ago, “You’ve got to watch this kid.”

LAMAR: Mos gave me a lot of game early on. A lot of game.

CHAPPELLE: He said to me that you’re the one. Turns out he was right.


Check out the full interview and shoot on Interview Magazine.