Dr. Dre’s protege has revealed what it’s like to work with the Good Doctor.
In an interview with Hot 93.7's Jenny Boom-Boom, Kendrick described his work with the legendary producer, as well as giving an update on his highly anticipated forthcoming album.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Good Kid In A Mad City ever since Kendrick and his TDE crew announced that they had signed to Aftermath Records.
But K. Dot revealed that the album’s stalling was not due to a commercial hitch, but was, in fact, down to his own perfectionist tendencies. There is still no release date for the drop.
"I can't give out no date right now, I just know I'm pressed for time," he said. "[Aftermath] want[s] what I been doing. That's a good space to be in. You can get in a lot situations where your people actually don't understand your vision, but I've got a good backing and good following and a good team behind me, they understand me and it's all on me, so I'm gonna deliver. I've got the music; I'm just real, real sensitive on the touch ups as far as the structure [of the LP]."
Kendrick followed up with a description of working with Dre. He explained that the pressure is on when you’re in the studio with Dr Dre.
"It's definitely intense [working with Dr. Dre], but the best thing about it the creative process," he said. "That's the fun thing because he's a genius at his work, and for me to be in the same studio [as him] says a lot about my craft and how far we're going with it, so I love it…I've use[d] my own in-house cast for the majority of the music I did [for Good Kid in a Bad City] - Soundwave, Tae Beast, Willie B, Digi+Phonics - all the people I came up with, they [produced] the majority of the album. When I turned it in to Dre all the way back at the end of the year, then we did new material and see what cuts through."
- By Fiona Guest