Kendrick Lamar explains failed Prince collaboration

Star was meant to appear on 'To Pimp A Butterfly' track 'Complexion (A Zulu Love)'

Kendrick Lamar has confirmed how Prince was meant to appear on his 2015 album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ but didn’t because the pair “ran out of time”.

Lamar had revealed that the pair had hit the studio together last April, but now he has discussed the failed collaboration in a feature on

The rapper stated that he originally wanted Prince to appear on his track ‘Complexion (A Zulu Love)’, explaining: “Prince heard the record, loved the record and the concept of the record got us to talking. We got to a point where we were just talking in the studio and the more time that passed we realized we weren’t recording anything. We just ran out of time, it’s as simple as that.”

Lamar and Prince had previously performed together live in 2014. Prince has also praised Lamar in the past, describing him as “pure” and as having “something to say”.


Kendrick Lamar was recently criticised by Jay Electronica, who said: “Kendrick would tell you himself he couldn’t body me. Kendrick is my son. Kendrick is my baby. Kendrick wishes he could be me”.

Lamar has also revealed how he is determined to win big at this year’s Grammy Awards, after being nominated and featured in 11 categories.

In a recent cover feature in Billboard, Lamar speaks of his rise to fame, his gritty upbringing and his aim to win big at the 56th Awards ceremony, saying: “I want to win them all”.

He goes on to talk about his previous loss at the 2014 Grammys, after being nominated for seven awards by not winning any of the categories. He lost out in some of the categories – including best rap album – to Ryan Macklemore, who took home four awards.

“The Grammy defeats would have been upsetting to me if I’d known that was my best work, if I had nothing new to offer,” he says. “’Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ is great work, but it’s not my best work. To Pimp a Butterfly is great. I’m talking about the connection the record made. ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ made a connection. But ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ made a bigger connection.”

“It’s bigger than me” he continues on the impact of him winning Best Album on urban music at large. “When we think about the Grammys, only Lauryn Hill and Outkast have won album of the year. This would be big for hip-hop culture at large.”