Last spring, Kendrick Lamar spoke to MTV about the depression and suicidal thoughts and personal trials that inspired the track “u” on his album, To Pimp a Butterfly .

Photo: Amazon
Photo: Amazon

He discussed feelings of powerlessness when unable to help family and friends, and his experience grieving the deaths of friends he’d lost in Compton.

Watch this video as he speaks about using both the positive and the negative as inspirations for his music:

“This is truly a gift for me…because I’m not only a voice for myself, I’m a voice for people who can’t express themselves like that.”

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