Kendrick Lamar recently sat down with Billboard Magazine for an in-depth conversation about a varying amount of topics that included Kendrick's thoughts on the death of Michael Brown, and the process of his long-awaited next album. "What happened to [Michael Brown] should've never happened. Never. But when we don't have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within," said Kendrick on the situation in Ferguson.
These sentiments are similar to the message that Kendrick conveyed through the song and video for his single, "i," which he talked about in length during the recent press run for the song. As for the new album, Kendrick said that he's picked a title, but he wasn't ready to reveal it just yet. He did say that there's a chance the song he debuted on The Colbert Report won't make it onto the final cut, but wanted to perform it more for the artistry of the song. "I just like the energy" of the song, says Kendrick. "I didn't go on there to sell a single. I just did what I felt." Not much else is known about Kendrick's highly-anticipated sophomore album, but it's expected to be released at some point in the near future.
Iggy Azalea is an artist that has seen a lot of heat lately, but Kendrick didn't join in on the criticism of the Australian-born MC. "She's doing her thing," Lamar says. "Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here." Kendrick's full interview with Billboard can be read here.