Kendrick Lamar goes gold
Up and coming rapper Kendrick Lamar recently got the praise he needs to go far. The rapper's freshman album "good Kid, m.A.A.d. city," just went gold. BET reports Lamar's album received the status by the RIAA and earned the honors in record time.
The CD reached gold status on December 13, less than three months since its release date. Thus far, it has sold more than 500,000 copies. Aside from reaching gold, the album also ranked number 2 on the Billboard 200 during its debut week, making it the largest opening week of any hip hop album in 2012.
Lamar spoke with Killer Hip Hop about his career and described what he thinks is the secret to his continued success.
"I really can't speak on other artists, but for me what I try to do is just stay as original as possible. And have my own sound that nobody can really duplicate," Lamar told the news source. "Nobody can really make sense of doing it easily. It's really my niche and that's what I think everybody in the game should have, their own niche. Nobody really follows each other. Cause when you do original things you elevate the art and culture of hip hop."
Lamar admitted to MTV News that he has his sights set on something other than album sales. The rapper revealed that he is hoping to sign Janet Jackson on to star in, or make a cameo in his video for "Poetic Justice."
"Janet, c'mon, Janet. No paperwork with the managers... This is artist to artist," Lamar said to the cameras during the interview. "This is a young boy that looked up to you for years."
The guest spot would be fitting as Jackson starred in a film of the same title back in 1993. Her song "Any Time, Any Place," is also sampled in Lamar's track.
Do you own Lamar's CD? Do you like his sound and his attitude?