Kendrick Lamar is currently nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, and the people behind the event have put together an oral history of his To Pimp A Butterfly album, with input from Kendrick and some of the album’s most important collaborators, like funk legend George Clinton.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the album, Kendrick cited Africa: “I felt like I belonged in Africa. I saw all the things that I wasn’t taught. Probably one of the hardest things to do is put [together] a concept on how beautiful a place can be, and tell a person this while they’re still in the ghettos of Compton. I wanted to put that experience in the music”. Read the full oral history here.