Kendrick Lamar Talks About His Feature On ‘Take Care’
With the release of Drake’s highly anticipated Take Care, I spoke to three collaborator’s on the album, including Compton’s lyrical prodigy Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick explains the inspiration behind his verse on “Marvin’s Room/Buried Alive,” and recalls his first time meeting Drake, their Take Care features and shares details on how it all came together.
“Drake called me and said he had a beat that 40 did and wanted me on it, told me to do what I feel on the record. The first thing that came to mind was my first time meeting dude,” Kendrick told MTV RapFix.
“Me being a fan and following his music, I kind of had an idea of where he was at in his career. He’s in a space where vanity can be a definite crutch if you’re in denial.”
“But [Drake’s] honest, he acknowledges his vices and faults. I wanted to speak from a standpoint of being a new artist watching everything that’s killing him and wanting to die. We all want a taste of vanity. I seen a taste of it the night I met homie; black Maybach, white waitress, private dinner with crew, 40 pulling up, jeep with no doors. All he needed was Aaliyah [laughs]. All of this was in the homie’s possession that night, and in that moment I wanted it. The conversation that night was real. ‘Am I ready to accept this lifestyle…’ is where I end the verse. I sent it back and drake called me back with a simple “thank you…”
That’s what many people appreciate, when an artist actually puts some real thoughts and feelings into their music.