Kendrick Lamar and Miguel Snag The Cover of VIBE’s ‘Big List’ Issue
On the upcoming “Big List” 2013 issue, VIBE selects Miguel and TDE’s Kendrick Lamar for the cover to represent today’s top musical geniuses. Check out small a excerpt from the artist interview with VIBE Music editor John Kennedy below.
Kaleidoscope Dream and good kid, m.A.A.d city are both masterpieces, but was there anything you didn’t get to do that you have in mind for next go-round?
MIGUEL: There’s definitely a feature or two that I wish I could have had the time to put on there, but overall, I set out to create an album that sounded like what makes me love music. Next time around, I intend on pushing the boundaries. Just traveling, you start having conversations with new people, seeing new things, hearing new music and finding new things that inspire you. Naturally those things make their way into my music. I can’t tell you exactly what the next album would sound like, but it’s gonna be different from this one. Just like this one was different from the last. That’s just a way of documenting my fucking life.
KENDRICK: Yeah, I agree. I think it’s just a feature thing. The idea was to have Nas on “Sing About Me.”
MIGUEL: That would’ve been ill.
KENDRICK: I never got a chance to reach out to him. I was so wrapped up in getting the music done and samples cleared and mastered. I didn’t wanna rush the process; I actually wanted to sit in the studio and vibe with him. [It was] the only thing that I had a vision for that I sought out to accomplish, but in due time. God willing, for sure.
When it’s all said and done, what do you want to accomplish?
MIGUEL: Kendrick is poised to be the next staple in hip-hop and I certainly intend on becoming that for R&B, working my ass off and taking risks.
KENDRICK: Definitely. The biggest goal is to say, “Damn, we did it.” Think about Jay-Z and R. Kelly and everything they accomplished. I don’t know if they’re on talking terms now, but I’m sure they’d say, “Damn, we did it,” 20 years down the line. That’s the ultimate high—to accomplish what you sought after, just like those two did.