Kendrick Lamar is featured on the cover of GQ Style‘s holiday issue. Dressed in ‘winter’s richest coats,’ the Compton native sits down with industry heavy-weight Rick Rubin to discuss creating the protest anthem “Alright,” studying Eminem’s rhymes as a teen and carving out 30 minutes a day for meditation. The interview marked the first time the two music geniuses met, which resulted in a recording session at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu right after. On practicing meditation daily:
I have to have at least 30 minutes to myself. If it’s not on the daily, every other day, to just sit back, close my eyes, and absorb what’s going on. You know, the space that I’m in. When you in music—and everybody knows this—the years are always cut in half, because you always have something to do. We in the studio for four months, that go by. Now you gotta go on the road for five months, that go by. Next thing you know, five years going by and you 29 years old. You know? So I have to find a way to understand the space that I’m in and how I’m feeling at the moment. ‘Cause if I don’t, it’s gonna zoom. I know. I feel it. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. It just goes and then you miss out on your moment because you’re so in the moment you didn’t know the moment was going on, if that makes sense.
On the concept for his next project:
It’s soon. I have ideas, though. I have ideas and I have a certain approach. But I wanna see what it manifests. I wanna put all the paint on the wall and see where that goes. Maybe you can help me with that.
You can read the full interview here.