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Kendrick Lamar: 'I've got the power to stop LA gang culture'

Rapper also reveals how he deliberately avoided making hits on 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

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Kendrick Lamar has vowed to stop gang culture in Los Angeles.

His comments come after J Cole recently backed the rapper to "put an end to this shit, the gang rivals and stuff in LA."

Now Lamar has told Shortlist: ''That's a lot of responsibility. I definitely think that God put something in me that I'm not even aware of, I know it's there and I know it has the power to not only conquer what's going on in LA, but also a little deeper and further than that. I just don't know when.''

The rapper also said he deliberately avoided making hit friendly songs on his recent album 'To Pimp A Butterfly'.

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He added: ''I wasn't in the space creatively to make any other type of record. I didn't have the urge to. You've got three singles on [my last album] 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City': 'Swimming Pools (Drank)', 'Poetic Justice', and 'Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe'. This time, I said to myself: 'I don't want the catchiness.' I want people to live with [the album] and dissect it for a long time.''

Lamar recently appeared to diss hip-hop rival Drake on Dr Dre's recently released album 'Compton'.

On the track 'Darkside/Gone', Lamar appears to make reference to Drake's recent track 'Energy', rapping: "But still I got enemies giving me energy I wanna fight now/ Subliminally sent to me all of this hate/ I thought I was holding the mic down".

Meanwhile, on 'Deep Water', he namedrops both Drake's hit 'Started From The Bottom' and recent mixtape track '6 God', saying: "Motherfucker know I started from the bottom" and "They liable to bury him, they nominated six to carry him/ They worrying him to death, but he's no vegetarian/ The beef is on his breath, inheriting the drama better than/ A great white, nigga, this is life in my aquarium".

Drake and Kendrick Lamar's rivalry dates back to 2013, with Lamar calling out Drake on his 'Control' guest verse.

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