[Video] Kendrick Lamar On Section.80 Leftovers, Major Label Issues & What's Next
In the final installment of TheWellVersed and 2DopeBoyz sit down with Kendrick Lamar, the Compton emcee goes back to our previous interview in 2011 where he mentioned that he really wanted to get female girl group King on his album. Lamar has been a fan of the group since they dropped “The Story” EP in 2011 and even sampled “Hey” for the Section.80 song “Chapter Six.” However, the collaboration never came to fruition. Within that conversation, Kendrick says that he still has many songs left in the Section.80 vault.
“I haven’t gotten in touch with King, which is crazy,” Lamar reveals. “I did this record with DJ Khalil with some King references, which is a crazy, crazy record. I’ve got so much from the stash of Section.80 that’s insane. That’s one of the records that just didn’t make the cut. It could have, but it didn’t.”
Lamar wouldn’t reveal whether those songs would actually see the light of day but chances are that we’ll eventually see those songs somewhere now that he’s completed his story with good kid, m.A.A.d city. Considering that Lamar is now a major label success, things have become stricter in the studio. One of the casualties of the album ended up being the Lady Gaga song “Partynauseous” and Lamar still struggles with making sense out of the situation.
“I come from a world where we didn’t have any deadlines,” he says. “We’d have samples on it, reciting Jay-Z and Biggie lyrics in certain lines and the major label world is one I didn’t understand. Now that I’m signed there’s so many business politics that I didn’t understand and I couldn’t get the concept of a deadline.”
But now that the album is done and Lamar’s coming of age story has been released in its entirety to extraordinary acclaim, the next question is what he has planned for an encore.
“Dr. Dre just asked me that today,” Lamar says when discussing his plans for a good kid, m.A.A.d city follow up. “I told him a few ideas for what’s next but he was like ‘No. Sit back for a second and let this one breathe and let people really digest it. Right now people are excited but once everyone digests it and really lives with it, they’ll learn to love it and respect you even more. You’ll be in high demand because you put your best foot forward.’”