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Kendrick Lamar has had one of the best years of anyone in music, and he’s ending it on the highest of high notes.

Not only is the To Pimp A Butterfly MC heading into 2016 with 11 Grammy nominations, but he just did his last interview of the year with the New York Times.

The prestigious outlet got to have an in-depth discussion with K. Dot, who opened up on a slew of topics that fans will find very interesting.

Not only does he share his thoughts on landing 11 nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards, but Kendrick also shares which category means the most to him to possibly win.

He even discusses his favorite artist of this year, as well as Drake and Future‘s influence of being considered “turn-up rappers” than conscious artists like Kendrick, himself.

Kendrick even addresses his thoughts on the Drizzy and Meek Mill beef, which was one of the most talked about in hip hop this year.

See some excerpts from his interview with NY Times below.

While addressing his Grammy nominations, he confessed, “Being acknowledged for your work is always a great accomplishment, whether it’s people in my city, kids in the street, all the way up to the Grammys.” He even reacted to being the second most nominated artist in a year next to Michael Jackson, stating, “I’m still soaking that all in. Michael will forever be the greatest. I’m glad it was at 11. I would never want to even think about putting myself on the same level as Michael, simply because I haven’t put in the work that he did. It couldn’t be a better number.”

He then shared the most meaningful category for a nomination, explaining, “I want all of them. Because it’s not only a statement for myself, but it’s a statement for the culture. They’re all important, because of the foundation the forefathers laid before me. Nas didn’t get a chance to be in that position. Pac. So to be acknowledged and to actually win, it’s for all of them.”

Kendrick also shared his reaction to President Obama naming “How Much A Dollar Cost” as his favorite song of this year, saying, “I found out when everyone else found out. It’s crazy. That’s one of my favorite records, too. A lot of times we forget that people in higher places are human. To hear that he liked the same kick drums and the same snares that I like, it just makes him that much more relatable as a person, rather than just a president.”

He even talked about his favorite music of this year, admitting, “Of course Future killed it. He smashed. Drake smashed. Future’s work ethic was crazy, his energy. This is the thing about hip-hop music and where people get it most misconstrued: It’s all hip-hop. You can’t say that just what I do is hip-hop, because hip-hop is all energies. James Brown can get on the track and mumble all day. But guess what: You felt his soul on those records.”

Finally, he spoke on whether he followed the Drake and Meek beef, confessing, “Nah, I didn’t. That’s they thing they got going on over there.”

Kendrick never ceases to surprise and amaze us, and we know 2016 could be another huge year for him.


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