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Kendrick Lamar recently spoke to Billboard about his views on the recent racial unrest in the United States and why he believes we’re living in the end times.Chicago MC is  forthcoming and direct about his feelings as of late. He admits that he stopped drinking when he was a taeenager, he works out daily and appears to be deeply rooted in his spiritual side.

Kendrick reflects honestly:

I got into some things, but God willing He had favoritism over me and my spirit.I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s [expletive] 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

We’re in the last days, man — I truly in my heart believe that. It’s written. I could go on with biblical situations and things my grandma told me. But it’s about being at peace with myself and making good with the people around me.God is the only being I’ve never personally met whose opinion I’d consider strongly and He shows me daily He approves by blessing me.

The rapper first gained major attention in 2010, after the release of Overly Dedicated, his first retail-release. The following year he released his first independent album, titled Section.80, exclusively through iTunes. The album received critical acclaim and instantly ranked as one of the top digital hip hop releases of that year. He happily spends a great majority of his time in the studio and is setting himself for longevity in the music business.

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