2015_01_1024x1024Everyone’s fave Kendrick Lamar is on the latest cover of Billboard. In the issue, the good kid, m.A.A.d city artist, sits down with the magazine to discuss Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Iggy Azalea and more.

“She’s doing her thing,” Lamar tells Billboard. “Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here.”

Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic is up for ‘best rap album’ at the 2015 Grammys, the same award Lamar lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist in 2014. Which some are  predicting will happen again this year — but this time the ‘best rap album’ Grammy will go to Iggy Azalea.

“I appreciate [the Grammys] recognizing me,” says Lamar. “That’s not my overall goal… It’s best to just go and enjoy the festivities.”

Lamar also has kind words for artist Macklemore, who texted an apology to Kendrick after “robbing” him at last year Grammy awards. [Macklemore] is “a genuine dude,” adding “I wish him much success.”

Lamar mentioned he is close to finishing his upcoming album and his “enjoyment is creating the music.”

“My enjoyment is creating the music,” he explains. “Once it gets pressed up, with bar codes on it, then it’s not really fun anymore.”

Kendrick Lamar on Eric Garner and Ferguson:

“I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f–ked up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”

Read Billboard’s full Kendrick Lamar cover story here.

Photo Credit: Ramona Rosales/Billboard

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