Kendrick Lamar is a man of the people, and he showed his gratitude during a New York City stop (Nov. 7) for his “Kunta’s Groove Sessions” tour.
Thanking his day ones, the “Money Trees” rapper took a break from his setlist to show appreciation to fans for supporting not only his past works, but namely To Pimp A Butterfly.
“Making this album was therapy not only for you, but for me,” he said. “Y’all allowed it to be top tier without a constant radio single. So that proves to you that right there, music is not something that you can market all of the time. This sh*t belongs to you, and you only.”
TPAB was received with critical-acclaim upon its release in March, and served as a thoughtful and provocative follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d. city. The 16-track compilation also featured hit singles from “Alright” to “The Blacker the Berry” to “These Walls.”
“Some sh*t that y’all can feel whether you’re insecure, whether you’re vulnerable, whether you’re mad, happy, angry, sad,” he said. “You pop this motherfu*king tape in, you pop your favorite music in, and you love and you live that sh*t, and you allow artists like me, myself, to come back to these group of people and perform the sh*t that I want to perform.”
Before the Compton native’s stateside trek wraps up in Oakland, Calif. on Nov. 10, check out his moving monologue below.