Kendrick Lamar may be hailed for being a good kid, but he’s well on his way to becoming a golden child, especially after snatching up seven nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards this Sunday (Jan. 26). Still, he remains as humble as his mix tape days, allowing his bars and work ethic to speak for themselves. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper formerly known as K.Dot talks about his Grammy nods, what he learned from Kanye West while opening for him on his Yeezus tour and his next album. What Yeezy taught him: “Kanye taught me to never to downplay your ideas,” adds Lamar. “I learned to always stay as creative as possible and never have any boundaries. Those things that people called ‘rants’ on-stage are real conversations that we had behind closed doors — about business and how when you get to a certain level people won’t want to see you break through because they only see you as a rapper.” The direction for his next album: “I’m still seeing what I feel like,” says Lamar. “When I really catch it, I’ll be out there with it.” On being a Grammy nominee: “I was actually on stage, so I had no idea. Everybody else knew but me. By the time I got off I kinda got the news late. It was a great feeling, everybody was happy, excited. We celebrated in that dressing room.” Read the full story here. The full story appears in the Jan. 21 issue of THR.