“Kanye taught me to never to downplay your ideas,” Kendrick Lamar says during an interview with hollywoodreporter.com. “I learned to always stay as creative as possible and never have any boundaries. Those things that people called ‘rants’ on-stage are real conversations that we had behind closed doors — about business and how when you get to a certain level people won’t want to see you break through because they only see you as a rapper.”
Kendrick went on to talk about how material things don’t fulfill him like he once thought it would.
“I’m most comfortable when I’m Plain Jane in my Nike Cortez and my white tees,” the Compton-raised 26-year-old says. “That’s who I am and the era I came from. I always have to remind myself of that. I thought I wanted jewelry and cars, but as soon as I got a taste, I realized it wasn’t fulfillment. A thrill is being as creative as possible and supporting the people I love.”