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Kendrick Lamar talks new single, “Dying of Thirst”

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

In Los Angeles, Kendrick Lamar has been a big deal for several years. Aside from generating minimal buzz for years, Kendrick Lamar truly became a star last year. Over the summer, his Section.80 album was met with strong reviews. Kendrick Lamar had the opportunity to work with Game and Dr. Dre, ending up working closely with Dr. Dre.

Early this year, Dr. Dre revealed he signed Kendrick Lamar to Aftermath Entertainment. While Kendrick Lamar was signed to Aftermath, he has been signed to Top Dawg Ent. for nearly a decade. Kendrick Lamar’s work with Aftermath led to Interscope Records entering a joint venture deal with Top Dawg, bringing the entire roster over.

Following the new deal, Kendrick Lamar began working on his official debut album. The first single from the album leaked over a month ago. Titled “The Recipe,” which features Dr. Dre, the song has gained much popularity. Kendrick Lamar spoke on the other tracks on the album and his upcoming “Dying of Thirst” single with The Boombox.

Read an excerpt of the interview below:

“I’ve got a song called ‘Dying of Thirst. I want you to listen to it and then you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Just life, in general, is the meaning behind it. It’s a certain situation that I had to go through; I had to bump my head a few times to know what I had to do to get back right.”

“It’s probably one of the deepest songs on [the album] that I’ve written. It’s real short though, probably only a minute or two. When people listen to the album a few more times, and go back and forth, they really understand the setting and the actual position that it has in the album and why it’s in that tracklisting.”

“That’s my whole thing — I like doing whole bodies of work. I don’t want people to listen one time and then pop in the next dude. I want them to actually live with [my album] for years and be able to understand it and digest it.”