Kendrick Lamar has spoken about the personal nature of the lyrics on his latest album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’, and the “hard” process of writing them.
Lamar’s fifth studio album came out in May, and the rapper is embarking on a European tour behind the project.
In a rare new interview, he told W Magazine that he writes candidly about experiences with his family on the album, and that he didn’t tell them about the lyrics before the album was released.
“I’m a private person; it was hard for me,” the rapper said, before explaining his reasoning: “The reason I had to make that decision, whether they were for it or against it, is that I wanted to. I could have cut back and been flashy about it and phrased my words in a certain way, no, it had to be as raw and as real as it could be so that it would be liberating for me, to have a different perspective on the people I face”.
“I had to realize the consequences of that, and show mercy and compassion if they were hurt by him.” He added that if he had consulted his family about the lyrics, the songs “would never have come out”.
Discussing how this process has affected her own conversations with family and others, she said: “That’s the beauty; it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had.
“It’s like when I talked to some of my colleagues who were never able to express themselves and communicate – they only knew how to communicate with violence – and they call their mothers, they call their fathers and tell them: ‘You hurt me. , and this forced me to stay with my grandmother, and my grandmother pushed me to stay with my classmates, and classmates pushed me to…’ they are able to communicate that and that communication is beneficial to me.”
Lamar is currently touring on “The Big Steppers Tour”, which wrapped up the rest of North America last month. During October, Lamar will play 16 concerts in Europe, before finishing the year with a tour of Australia and New Zealand in December. Check out the full list of dates here, and the UK and European shows below.
Tickets are available for the US shows here, Europe and UK here, and Australia and New Zealand here.
13 – Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
15 – Copenhagen, DK – Royal Arena
Tyler, the creator of ‘Mr. Cheer & The Big Steppers’ by Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar shares the full credits of ‘Mr. Cheer & The Big Steppers’, including Florence Welch and Pharrell
17 – Stockholm, SE – Avicii Arena
19 – Oslo, NW – Telenor Arena
21 – Paris, FR – Accor Arena
24 – Stuttgart, DE – Scheleyerhalle
25 – Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
26 – Lausanne, CH – Vaudoise Arena
28 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
30 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
31 – Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle
2 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – OVO Hydro
3 – Leeds, United Kingdom – First Live Arena
4 – Newcastle, United Kingdom – Utilita Arena
5 – Birmingham, United Kingdom – Utilita Arena
7 – London, UK – The O2
8 – London, UK – The O2
13 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
16 – Manchester, United Kingdom – AO Arena