Kendrick Lamar Made Several Versions Of "good kid, m.A.A.d. city"
He also explains his transition from K. Dot to Kendrick.
In a joint interview alongside TDE label boss Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, Kendrick Lamar has revealed that he scrapped and remade his second album good kid, m.A.A.d the city several times before its launch.
Speaking of Billboard, Kendrick said: "Yes, we made a good boy of about three, four times before the world was."
In terms of what the process involved, said, "New songs, new everything. I wanted to tell that story, but I had to run. To me this is all about the execution. The songs can be great, the hooks can be great, but if not executed well, then it is not a great album."
Even though good Kid, m.A.A.d the City will not release until 2012, Kendrick revealed that he had been working on it since at least 2009, when TDE released The Kendrick Lamar EP.
He talks about why he decided not to use a rap name, and rather than perform under his own name, Kendrick refers to the process of working on their first EPs and albums. "It has to be real, it has to be my story," he said. "There has to be some shit that not only I feel, but everyone else can feel. That was the initial idea: I'm going to give you a little piece of my history before my debut album. Because a good guy was already prepared."
Read the full interview with Kendrick and Top Dawg here.