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Kendrick Lamar on His 2016 Grammy Nominations: “I Want to Win Them All”

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Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly is nominated for 11 Grammys and the Compton, CA native won’t be content unless he wins them all. In 2014, Lamar was nominated for seven awards and walked away empty-handed, famously losing to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist in the Best Rap Album category. This year, K. Dot is coming for all 11 of his nominations not only for himself but for the greater good of the culture.

“I want to win them all,” he told Billboard“[The Grammy defeats] would have been upsetting to me if I’d known that was my best work, if I had nothing new to offer. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is great work, but it’s not my best work. To Pimp a Butterfly is great. I’m talking about the connection the record made. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City made a connection. But To Pimp a Butterfly made a bigger connection…It’s bigger than me. When we think about the Grammys, only Lauryn Hill and Outkast have won album of the year. This would be big for hip-hop culture at large.”

The impact of Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly reached the Oval Office as President Barack Obama said that his favorite song of 2015 was “How Much a Dollar Cost?” K. Dot eventually paid the Prez a visit at the White House and told Billboard what it was like to meet Obama. ““The way people look at me these days — that’s the same way I looked at President Obama before I met him,” he said. “We tend to forget that people who’ve attained a certain position are human. When [the president] said to my face what his favorite record was — I understood that, no matter how high-ranking you get in this world, you’re human.””

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