After becoming a certified rap star over the past year with the release of his ‘Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City’ album, Kendrick Lamar reveals that he no longer feels pressure.
TDE affiliate Kendrick Lamar had one of the biggest years in music last year, earning himself not only commercial success from his studio debut album, but also critical acclaim. A combination that isn’t found too often these days in music, particularly within the hip hop genre. The Compton native recently sat down to discuss the pressure associated with what he does, explaining that he doesn’t “even know what pressure is now.”
“I don’t even know what pressure is now. I’m just doing me man,” Kendrick revealed in an interview with DubCNN. “I don’t even look at it as pressure anymore, I never looked at it as pressure. I just felt I’d make the best music I could make. You either like it or you don’t, but it’s always gonna real to me.”
Seeing that Dr. Dre supported and embraced Kendrick Lamar so heavily during his “come up,” and eventually signing a deal with Aftermath and TDE, fans were surprised to not see Dr. Dre on the ‘Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City’ album. Dr. Dre played an instrumental part of the success for both 50 Cent and The Game on their debuts, but K Dot reveals that Dre wanted him to do his “own thing.”
“Basically Dre just told me to go out there and do my own thing. See the thing about it is, people get so caught up in the hype with just being with Dre, they just figured he had to stand over your back the whole time while you’re doing music. He looked at me as an artist, cause I already had like three street albums out: Kendrick Lamar EP, O.D. and Section.80,
Kendrick continued, “He said I was already ready. All I needed to do is go out and continue to do what I’m doing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That was the main thing he was always saying. By the time I came and turned the album in to him in, that was when we were supposed to lock in the studio and do some records. But he decided and said ‘You’re done. You don’t need to go back in with me. Because you have all the records here.”
source - http://theversed.com/2013/03/21/why-didnt-kendrick-lamar-rely-on-dr-dre-beats-for-his-studio-debut-album-if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it-dre-told-kendrick/