kendrick lamar miss info

Shortly after being announced as the headliner for this year’s Summer Jam, Kendrick Lamar sat down with the Hot 97 morning team earlier today for one of his first interviews since the release of To Pimp a Butterfly. Naturally, K. Dot delved straight into his new album, explaining what the butterfly in the storyline represents and the thinking behind that 2Pac interview, as well as reacting to the overwhelming critical acclaim (give it time before crowning it a “classic,” people).

But perhaps the juiciest tidbit of the conversation is that Kendrick and J. Cole are still looking to release that joint project. Eventually.

Watch the interview below…

Towards the end of the interview, Miss Info asked Kendrick Lamar about Jay Z’s newly launched streaming service Tidal

Yeah, me and Jay had a conversation about it, and I think it’s a great idea. Just off the simple fact of us taking control of the music that we’ve had for a long time, and not having to fight with masters and things like that.

…and one artist he wished he had on his new album.

Prince. I went out to his headquarters and we did that show. We was in the studio, we was vibing, but we was pressed for time. More than that, I didn’t trip off getting a song done; I really appreciate the actual game he was giving me about the same thing that we’re taking about. He took control. He was breaking down some things that I need to consider in my career — just really taking control of your creativity. Man, he gave me some real jewels about that. And what Jay is doing, its just confirmation for what Prince was telling me.

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