In October 2016, GQ Style brought together Kendrick Lamar and producer and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin for a conversation where they discussed "Alright," Eminem and one of our favorite topics - meditation.
Rick Rubin: Crazy. In one of your lyrics, you mention meditation. Do you have a meditation practice?
Kendrick Lamar: Yeah, man. I have to have at least 30 minutes to myself. If it's not on the daily, every other day, to just sit back, close my eyes, and absorb what's going on. You know, the space that I'm in. When you in music—and everybody knows this—the years are always cut in half, because you always have something to do. We in the studio for four months, that go by. Now you gotta go on the road for five months, that go by. Next thing you know, five years going by and you 29 years old. You know? So I have to find a way to understand the space that I'm in and how I'm feeling at the moment. 'Cause if I don't, it's gonna zoom. I know. I feel it. And I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. It just goes and then you miss out on your moment because you're so in the moment you didn't know the moment was going on, if that makes sense.
Rick Rubin: Absolutely. You can get lost. I know some artists get lost in touring. They become less relatable. All they know is being onstage and accolades and hotels. Their reality is so different from everybody else's reality that it's not so interesting.
Kendrick Lamar: I like to call it a cartoon world. And you know, you can really get lost in it so fast. It's scary out there.
Rick Rubin: How'd you get the idea to do the 30 minutes every day or every other day?
Kendrick Lamar: Well, just knowing my schedule and how much I think about music. Someone brought it to my attention—it's all I think about. And it's nothing wrong with that. It becomes me, it becomes my life. I breathe it. I can't think about nothing else. And once I started realizing that, I know that I have to give it some time and space every now and then. And that 30 minutes helps. That 30 minutes helps me to totally zone out and not think about my next lyric. You know? It gives me a re-start, a jump start, a refresh. It lets me know why I'm here, doing what I'm doing.
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