Legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz gives the world a piece of his mind on his new album Black And White America.
Lenny been very busy since he dropped his ninth studio album Black And White America on August 30, but that's not the only thing Lenny's been busy with.
GlobalGrind caught up with the busy rocker to chit-chat about the inspiration behind his new album, his favorite things to do and of course his beautiful daughter Zoe Kravitz.
Check out the exclusive interview below!
So what have you been up to?
Oh nothing much, just making movies, rehearsing for tour, and doing design projects, photography, and press. I’m joking because I’m doing so much a day, my head’s spinning.
So Black & White America has gotten great reviews, we’ve listened to the album preview, and everybody’s really super amped to hear what you’ve created.
That sounds very nice.
What inspired you to make Black & White America and what inspired you to come up with the name?
Well first of all … the first question about what inspired the album ... I suppose it’s just life that goes through me because I truly have no idea what I’m going to do when I go in the studio. I am a blank piece of paper. I walk in like, 'Ok, Here I am. Now what?;
As far as Black & White America, I can tell you about the song. That was a rebuttal to a documentary I was watching one night while I was flipping channels. Basically there were these racist Americans that were talking and saying that they were disgusted by what America had become and that they wanted America to go back to the way it was, and that this President would never live long, they had plans to make sure he was going to killed, and you know… just hateful and ignorant.
We all know racism exists. On occasion we bump into it in our daily lives. But to see it being spoken about with such hatred, I was kind of like really? To that level? So I wrote the song as an answer to them, “Well I don’t know what time you guys think it is but this is where we are.” Then it started getting into my parents, and Martin Luther King because that song is truly me. That’s how I grew up. It’s what I know. It’s my parents’ story of holding on tight to be together during the Civil Rights Movement and in a time where they were completely looked down upon by most of society. Some people think that because Barack Obama is president, racism is gone. Are you out of your mind? That’s really romantic but no. Now it means we’re all in the same room and we have to discuss, and we have to talk.