Kendrick Lamar in Dec. 13 issue of GQ Men Of The Year issue

 

In celebration of of their “Men of the Year” issue, GQ features Kendrick Lamar on one of five covers, naming him “Rapper of the Year.”

For the cover shoot, the 26-year-old gets dapper, rocking colorful suits by Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Georgio Armani, and Ralph Lauren Black Label. In its accompanying interview, Kendrick reflects on his success, Tupac’s influence on him, and his relationship with Drake post-“Control.”

Plus, he spits a freestyle while stylists touch him up for his photo shoot.

Read highlights and see the freestyle below:

On seeing Tupac in a vision: “I was coming from a late studio session, sleeping on mom’s couch. I’m 26 now — it wasn’t that long ago. I remember being tired, tripping from the studio, lying down, and falling into a deep sleep and seeing a vision of Pac talking to me. Weirdest sh** ever. I’m not huge on superstition and all that sh**. That’s what made it so crazy. It can make you go nuts. Hearing somebody that you looked up to for years saying, ‘Don’t let the music die.’ Hearing it clear as day. Clear as day. Like he’s right there. Just a silhouette.”

On his relationship with Drake: “Pretty cool.” Shrugs. “And I mean, I would be okay if we weren’t.”

On whether he views Drake as a role model: “No — peer. If anything. We all peers.”

On his rumored confrontations at Diddy’s VMA after-party: “It was all love at that party.”

On the sound of his next album: “I don’t know. It depends on where my emotion is. How angry I’ll be, or how happy I’ll be, or how confused I’ll be.”

The December 2013 issue of GQ hits newsstands on Nov. 19. For the full story, visit GQ.com.

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