Kendrick Lamar Talks ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ Short Film
GQ sat down with Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar for their exclusive “The GQ+A:Kendrick Lamar” where he hinted at the possible release of his debut album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city” in a short film. Check out some highlights below:
GQ: The album is out and praised. What’s next?
Kendrick Lamar: Visuals… When I call it a short film, I don’t just call it that for the sake of the album. So that’s a hint.
GQ: Are you going to act in it, star in it, direct it?
Kendrick Lamar: Directing for sure. I haven’t really thought about starring in it… I can, because it is me and my life.
GQ: Let’s say you weren’t going to star in it and you could have anyone in the world, who would you have play yourself?
Kendrick Lamar: Anyone in the world? It would have to be somebody… there’s one kid on The Wire, Tristan Wilds [who played Mike Lee].
GQ: Who would you have play your mom?
Kendrick Lamar: I probably get Taraji Henson.
GQ: Okay, okay. Sharane?
Kendrick Lamar: I would love to see Rihanna in my movie [laughs]. Looking at this cover right here, man.
GQ: How do you get better at rapping?
Kendrick Lamar: You really have to travel. I could have told you, “You’ve got to write every day.” Of course you’ve got to do that. But you really have to get out and see different things. I can’t stay in Compton. Things get redundant after a while; that’s not the lifestyle any more. You’ve got to get out and travel.
GQ: People love the album and a lot has been written about it. Has anyone misconstrued parts of it?
Kendrick Lamar: A few people think that these stories are just different events throughout my whole life. That story is just one day, one full day. Some things that always happened throughout the days and throughout the weeks, but that was just one particular day that really turned my whole life around and I understood what I should be doing is something positive, which is music right now. They don’t know me yet. They might think they know me, but they don’t.