In the world of trap music and vulgar hip hop lyrics, there is one person that stands out amongst the rest: Kendrick Lamar. His music is not only entertaining, but also ignites a thought in people’s mind.
The compton rapper, in his feature for XXL magazine opened on his struggles to deal with the pressure of fame and the “power” of being a role model to people, who look up to him.
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Kendrick, who has got the highest grammy nod this year, admits that while he appreciates the fact that people look up to him. He is quite fearful of the “power” and responsibility that comes with it.
He shared: ”I know I’m chosen. I know I’m a favorite. I know in my heart there’s a whole other energy and leadership side of me that I have probably run from my whole life. How much power do I want? How much can I handle? That’s the question I keep asking myself.”
”Cause when you are a voice for the youth, nothing can stop you. The youth is what changes things. Can I lead that? Should I? I get confused because people are championing me to be that vocal point and it’s a challenge for me to be that because I have some fear of that type of power.”
The King Kunte hit maker also admits that although he is naturally a ”recluse,” he is beginning to learn how to channel his new-found power in the right way.
“This goes back to me being who I naturally am or who think that I am now, that 28-year-old kid that’s kind’ve a recluse. But 28 is old enough for me to figure out who I am and have that power at the same time, that’s the battle and it’s a trip.”
Without a doubt, Kendrick Lamar has a huge influence over young black adults and if he stays true to his “roots.” He will have the same power (if not more) that Tupac still has, years after he passed away.