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Kendrick Lamar and TDE released Dot's new album To Pimp a Butterfly a week early last night, and it seems to be the only thing everyone is talking about—and for good reason. With the album now out, The New York Times just released an in-depth profile on the Compton MC where he talks about expanding his life from outside of Compton, his fans, and developing the concept for the album. He not only talks about his life since getting out of Compton, but how he is now more political because his views have expanded as he's explored the world through his music and tours. “You take a kid out of Compton, and he has to meet these different types of people that are not black,” Kendrick said.

With Kendrick's ever growing fan base fully behind him at all times, he revealed he knows that his fans are living by his music as a guide and inspiration. “I’m the closest thing to a preacher that they have," Kendrick said. “My word will never be as strong as God’s word. All I am is just a vessel, doing his work." Kendrick's To Pimp a Butterfly album is available to stream here, and purchase on iTunes, while the full interview with NYT can be viewed here.