Dave Chappelle Interviews Kendrick Lamar for Interview Magazine
Best of both worlds!
The greatest in comedy meets the best in Rap when Dave Chappelle interviews Kendrick Lamar for Interview Magazine. In the interview, the two start off by asking how they’ve both been since the last time they saw each other which was during Eminem’s ‘Rapture’ tour back in 2013. The two catch up a lot in the interview and also bring up some interesting topics. Below is our favorite question from the interview.
CHAPPELLE: Me and Mos Def argue about this all the time. Mos is of the belief that a person with a platform has a responsibility to other people. It’s the old adage, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” I don’t necessarily agree with that. I think some people can make conscious records, and some people can make booty records, and other people can make whatever the fuck they want records. But what do you feel, personally, when you’re making a record? Do you have a mission statement? What, if anything, do you hope to accomplish with your platform?
LAMAR: As I’ve grown as an artist, I’ve learned that my mission statement is really self-expression. I don’t want anybody to classify my music. I want them to say, “This is somebody who’s recognizing his true feelings, his true emotions, ideas, thoughts, opinions, and views on the world, all on one record.” I want people to recognize that and to take it and apply it to their own lives. You know what I’m saying? The more and more I get out and talk to different people, I realize they appreciate that—me being unapologetic in whatever views and approach I have.
For the full interview, head over to Interview Magazine.
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