By Georgette Pierre
Kendrick Lamar is on his way to becoming a household name in hip-hop (even if you're not from the West Coast). So how does the introvert deal with the fame monster, after releasing his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city to rave reviews, and being one of the most anticipated lyricists from Cali? By staying ready to execute and keeping respected mentors like Dr. Dre in his corner.
In his a down with GQ magazine, when asked about representing the resurgence of West Coast hip-hop, Kendrick broke down his awareness of the pressures and how he deals with it. "From the moment, I started writing raps, I was always aware of the pressure. I always wanted to live up to how huge Snoop got, how huge Dre got, how huge Pac got. I was always aware. But by the time I gpt [the pressure], it was a whole new story. When you get that attention, you really have to execute. That pressure turned into a little bit more excitement, a little more dedication in the studio."
When asked what was next, he discussed releasing and directing visuals for the album, more along the lines of short films. "Visuals...When I call it a short film, I don't just call it that for the sake of the album. So that's a hint." But who would he tap to play 'Sherane'? He revealed, "I would love to see Rihanna in my movie [laughs]. Looking at this cover right here, man."
Earlier this month, Rihanna was featured on GQ's December 2012 Men of the Year issue posing nude. We agree Kendrick, what a cover!