Rapper said Prince gave him career advice at the same time
Lamar was at the estate at the end of September 2014 for a Yahoo livestream to mark the release of Prince’s two new albums, ‘Art Official Age’ and ‘PlectrumElectrum’, during which the rapper guested on a version of ‘What’s My Name’. Lamar was working on his recently released album, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, at the time.
Speaking about the studio session to US radio station Hot 97, Lamar said: “We was vibing, but we was pressed [for time] man… I didn’t trip over getting a song done.”
Lamar said that Prince gave him some career guidance, too. “I really appreciate the actual game he was giving me … He took control of his music… He was breaking down some things that I need to consider in my career… What [Jay Z] is doing is just confirmation from what Prince was telling me.”
Listen to the full interview below.
Lamar yesterday recently revealed that ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ was originally titled ‘Tu Pimp A Caterpillar’ in tribute to late rapper Tupac Shakur. Shakur was a huge influence on Lamar’s new LP, the closing track itself ‘Mortal Man’ features the recording of a Swedish music journalist’s 1994 interview with 2Pac. Lamar said: “[‘Tu Pimp A Caterpillar’] was the original name and they caught it because the abbreviation was Tupac, Tu-P-A-C.” He continued: “Me changing it to Butterfly, I just really wanted to show the brightness of life and the word “pimp” has so much aggression, and that represents several things. For me, it represents using my celebrity for good. Another reason is, not being pimped by the industry through my celebrity.”
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’. Speaking in a recent interview about the album, Lamar said the music ranges from “the intensely personal to the swaggeringly aggressive”.
The ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ tracklisting is as follows:
‘For Free? (Interlude)’
‘For Sale? (Interlude)’
‘How Much A Dollar Cost’
‘The Blacker The Berry’
‘You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)’
Lamar will also appear at Wireless Festival in July, as will Drake, Avicii, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. The event takes place between July 3-5 at Finsbury Park in London. Knife Party, Gorgon City and Childish Gambino join Kendrick Lamar and Avicii on July 4.