The US rap star head­lines on Fri­day Novem­ber 24. Here’s his thoughts on his in­flu­ences and ca­reer

IN HIS OWN WORDS… KEN­DRICK LA­MAR

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On his in­flu­ences

“Dr Dre, he’s al­ways been there as a per­son of in­spi­ra­tion. I mean, come on, N.W.A. — th­ese peo­ple we watched on TV all day, ev­ery day and wanted to be like, in­spired to be like.”

On his big­gest mis­take in life

“Watch­ing other artists’ suc­cess and think­ing it could be my own suc­cess. Ev­ery­body’s their own in­di­vid­ual and a lot of the times you lis­ten to the ra­dio, and you be pushed by what the in­dus­try is do­ing and what’s poppin’ at the mo­ment.”

On Amer­i­can sports stars protest­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them

“You don’t look at the mo­ment, whether it’s gonna work or not. No, you look at what the next gen­er­a­tion is gonna re­ceive from it.”

On his mu­sic

“When I look at com­edy – at Richard Pryor – it’s all self­ex­pres­sion. I ap­ply that same method to my mu­sic.”

On his child­hood

“From what my fam­ily tells me, I car­ried my­self as a man – that’s why they called me Man Man.”

On meet­ing Barack Obama

“What I took from that ex­pe­ri­ence was that it’s gonna take more than just eight years to make a change.”

On fail­ure

“Fail­ure is the one thing that stops us all from be­ing our own en­trepreneurs and fol­low­ing our dreams and hav­ing own­er­ship of what we do.”

On what he learned from work­ing with Bey­oncé.

“How par­tic­u­lar to be about your mu­sic. She’s a per­fec­tion­ist.”

On why he starts each day look­ing at him­self in the mir­ror for ten min­utes

It started when I was nine. I would look and talk to my­self. For a split sec­ond I saw some­thing dif­fer­ent than the eye can see. I could see my soul and it’s a scary sight. You can take your mind some­where dif­fer­ent. It lets me know who I am, where I’ve come from.”

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