Kendrick Lamar covers the latest of issue of GQ, sporting a heavy Joanne The Scammer chic fox-fur coat, a step away from his hallmark dress-down tee, denim and ventilators. But while they had him, GQ introduced K Dot to yet another musical pioneer, one he had somehow yet to meet. That pioneer turned out to be none other than Rick Rubin, one of the culture’s very first innovators, notoriously starting Def Jam Records with Russel Simmons out of his NYU dorm room.
Rubin and Lamar, sitting in the tranquil garden of Shangri La Studios in Malibu, had themselves a chat. One that not only covered the Compton emcee’s love of jazz, creative processes, inspirations and philosophies, but also capped off with the two of them hitting the studio together. And GQ caught all fifty minutes of it on tape for you to get your day’s dose of inspiration. Watch Rick Rubin interview Kendrick Lamar in the clip below and head over to GQ for the full transcript of their conversation. It’s time to start salivating; a Rubin/Lamar collaboration is not only guaranteed at this point, but also arriving imminently. Brush up Kendrick Lamar’s last two releases, To Pimp A Butterfly and untitled unmastered, today.