Kendrick Lamar opens up about a multitude of topics in a rare extensive interview for Vanity Fair (June 28). Kung Fu Kenny touches on his ascension, being named after The Temptations' Eddie Kendricks, winning a Pulitzer Prize, Kanye West's recent antics, and much more.
Earlier in 2018, K. Dot became the first non-classical or non-jazz artist to take home a Pulitzer Prize. He didn't think it was a possibility in hip-hop, but is appreciative of the recognition as a trailblazer.
"It was one of those things I heard about in school, but I never thought I’d be a part of it. [When I heard I got it], I thought, to be recognized in an academic world…whoa, this thing really can take me above and beyond. It’s one of those things that should have happened with hip-hop a long time ago," Kendrick claims. "It took a long time for people to embrace us -- people outside of our community, our culture -- to see this not just as vocal lyrics, but to see that this is really pain, this is really hurt, this is really true stories of our lives on wax."