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Kendrick Lamar has laid low since the controversy surrounding his GQ cover story, but he granted an interview to The Hollywood Reporter for their upcoming Jan. 31 issue. Speaking with respected scribe Jeff Weiss, K. Dot discussed his intent behind his infamous “Control” verse, why he opted against flooding good kid, m.A.A.d city with star-studded features, what he’s learned from Kanye (#YeezyTaughtMe), and the early stages of his massively anticipated next album. It’s also revealed that Kendrick will perform a duet with pop-rock group Imagine Dragons at the 56th Annual Grammys this Sunday.

THR released an additional video interview with Kendrick, where he speaks on his Grammy nominations and his current favorite band, as well as elaborating on his upcoming LP.

On his next album:

I got ideas, I haven’t really locked in the studio yet. Really challenge myself to do something better. I mean, of course you want to do better than your last. But creatively, I want to be in another space. That’s the challenge, if anything.

Read more quotes and watch the video interview after the jump…

On “Control”:

It wasn’t pre-meditated, it just came to me when I was writing that bar,” says Lamar. “The crazy part is, I didn’t think it would ever go to where diss records were coming at me. I thought people would be like… he threw some challenges out there… that was dope.

Kanye taught me to never to downplay your ideas. I learned to always stay as creative as possible and never have any boundaries. Those things that people called ‘rants’ on-stage are real conversations that we had behind closed doors — about business and how when you get to a certain level people won’t want to see you break through because they only see you as a rapper.

On his Grammy nominations:

I was actually on stage, so I had no idea. Everybody else knew but me. By the time I got off I kinda got the news late. It was a great feeling, everybody was happy, excited. We celebrated in that dressing room.

Read the full story here.

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