It may not seem like it, but it has been two years since Kendrick Lamar released his debut
major label album good kid, m.A.A.d city. That's partly due to the fact that Kendrick dominated 2013 from just one verse off Big Sean's "Control" and his seven Grammy nominations kept his name in the news in 2014.
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K. Dot is now hard at work on his next studio project, and according to Complex the Compton emcee has already recorded 30-40 songs for the album. Producers Tae Beast and Sounwave are on board for the GKMC follow-up as well as Kendrick's mentor Dr. Dre. The currently untitled LP is likely to hit stores in the fourth quarter of this year.
Even with the overwhelming commercial and critical success of good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick states he does not feel pressure to match what he accomplished with his groundbreaking last project.
"If I keep focusing on, 'I need to make something better than good kid,' it's going to be just that," says Kendrick. "That's not challenging yourself. I don't want to become that person reflecting on what has been done. What I'm doing now is the question. I'm only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge."
The platinum selling artist seems centered on his need for creative progress. For Kendrick, the process of making music is similar to seeking a higher state of consciousness.
"This is truly a blessing from a higher power, and as long as I understand that there's really no limitations to what I can do. Everything is forward with me," said Kendrick. "When I'm in the studio I'm looking for creativity I haven't matched yet, a feeling I haven't felt. It's a high. When you look at people like Jay Z, Nas, Dr. Dre, these people are established, but they love music and they love that high. You always want that feeling of creativity."