Kendrick Lamar is gracing the latest cover of Variety and revealing some very interesting perspectives about his music. 

In the publication's cover story, Lamar questions the definition of a "hit record." He stated: "Is it the amount of streams or the amount of sales or the amount of spins on the radio? Nobody can really justify which one it is, because I've heard hundreds of records from inside the neighborhood that were quote-unquote 'hit records' and never stood a day outside the community."

Kenny elaborated: "You might not have heard it on the radio all day, but you're seeing it in the streets, you're seeing it on the news, and you're seeing it in communities, and people felt it." 

That's when the Cali MC admitted that by him chasing commercial success in the early stages of his career, he stumped his musical growth. This mistake is something that Lamar regrets to this very day. "Early, early on, I really wanted to be signed," K. Dot said. "And that was a mistake, because it pushes you two steps backwards when you have this concept of 'OK, I've got to make these three [commercial] songs in order to get out into the world and be heard.'"

He added: "So there were two or three years where I wanted to be signed so badly that I'm making these same two or three repetitive demo kinds of records, and I'm hindering my growth."

Learn from the wise, kids. 

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