Fourteen years back Chappelle’s show made its debut and Kendrick Lamar (the known as K-Dot then) released his debut mixtape “Y.H.N.I.C.” today both successful creative had a sit-down interview for Interview magazine. The conversation finds them touching on the few things they have in common, including their love for hip hop, being black and famous, and how a trip Kendrick took to South Africa that really opened his eyes.
“Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg— and those were definitely the ‘I’ve arrived’ shows Outside of the money, the success, the accolades… This is a place that we, in urban communities, never dream of. We never dream of Africa. Like, ‘Damn, this is the motherland.’ you feel it as soon as you touch down. That moment changed my whole perspective on how to convey my art. 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 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.” Kendrick said.
Lamar isn’t as candid as he was in his interview with Big Boy last month, but seeing two geniuses exchange words are worth the read. Catch the interview here. Kendrick is still on his “DAMN Tour.” while Chappelle is preparing for his 14-night residency at radio City Music Hall next month.