Before his headlining set during the first weekend of Coachella 2017, Kendrick Lamar sat down with Zane Lowe in the California Desert for a rare one-on-one interview. Aired on Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Friday afternoon (Apr. 21), the 45-minute conversation focuses on the creation on Lamar’s new album DAMN., a project set to become the fast-selling and highest debut week this year when it lands No. 1 on Billboard early next week.

During the discussion, Kendrick speaks on the challenge of following up 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Jay Z and Eminem’s influence on his music, advice given to him by Barack Obama on longevity, collaborating with Rihanna on “LOYALTY.,” the story of a near fatal encounter between his father and TDE CEO Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith on “DUCKWORTH.” being true, Donald Trump not being a driving force or subject on DAMN., plus a song-by-song breakdown of the new album.

Watch the full interview below.

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Kendrick Lamar – “DNA.” (Video)
Kendrick Lamar Performs DAMN. Tracks; Brings Out Future, Travis Scott & ScHoolboy Q at Coachella 2017 (Video)
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. (Album Stream)