Kendrick Lamar Talks Money Matters, Beats By K And Staring At Himself With Forbes

On his uber-successful major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar dedicates six minutes and 26 seconds to finding perfect shade under a money tree but it’s never been all about the cream for the Compton rapper.

In an interview with Forbes, the 26-year-old discusses admiring Dr. Dre, who has sit comfortably at the top of Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians list in 2012, as a kid and what he’s learned from making his own bread.

“On the business end, it just shows me: always be critical and smart about the moves you make. All money ain’t good money,” said Lamar, who raked in an estimated $9 million in the past year from album sales and touring. “When you’re in this situation with all the lights on you, you’re going to get a lot of offers thrown at you, but if it’s not something that you see has longevity in it, you have to pass it up.”

He even entertains the thought of being like his mentor and molding his own headphones line. “Beats by K – I’m going to mention it to him, he’d probably crack up laughing,” he said. “I haven’t really put my focus on anything else; I’m a fairly new artist, I want to focus on the music.”

Read how gazing at himself in the mirror every day has kept him grounded in the full piece here.

Photo Credit: Getty