Rapper Kendrick Lamar discussed his experiences in working on his major label debut,good kid, m.A.A.d. city for Interscope Records. The Compton native revealed that he was given full creative control over the project, unlike complaints heard from a lot of young rappers about their experiences on majors.
“People tell me this every day, I was in a blessed position,” Kendrick told MTV. “No compromise at all. [They] told me to go, continue what I’m doing – Interscope, Dre. Continue doing what I’m doing. And I think that just comes from them having faith in the music, them believing in the foundation that we built from the ground up, and not wanting to lose that foundation. So many people say, ‘Well I was hearing…he signed to which-a-call-it. I know it’s about to happen now. He’s finna come with something left.’ But at the whole time this was already premeditated how we was gon’ come.”
“In so many words you know what Dre said…this probably like my first week after being signed to him. He said, ‘You know what? You ready. Ain’t no need developing you or being over your shoulders. You already ready. How long do you think you’re gonna take to build this album,’” he explained.