Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar talks about what he learned from the West Coast rap scene and gives a world premiere performance of his untitled track. (7:44)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS CONSIDEREDBY MANY TO BE ONE OF THE BEST

RAPPERS IN THE WORLD.

OH, JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS.

PLEASE WELCOME KENDRICK LAMAR.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )HEY, MR. LAMAR, THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR COMING ON.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

A LOT OF EXCITEMENT IN THE HOUSETONIGHT TO HAVE YOU ON.

BIG FANS AROUND HERE.

>> APPRECIATE IT.

>> Stephen: HOW ARE YOUDOING?

>> I'M FEELING GOOD.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

>> Stephen: HEY, LISTEN, I'MGOING TO START GUY SAYING NO

PRESSURE.

I KNOW YOU'RE GREAT ANDEVERYBODY THINKS YOU'RE ALL THAT

AND A BAG OF CHIPS, BUT YOU ARETHE LAST "COLBERT REPORT"

MUSICAL GUEST.

>> RIGHT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: HONORED TO HAVEYOU ON, BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT

MEANS THAT PAUL McCARTNEY, REM,JACK WHITE, AND NAS WERE YOUR

OPENING ACTS.

YOU ARE CONSIDERED, LIKE, SORTOF THE LEADER OF WEST COAST RAP

RIGHT NOW.

THAT'S WHAT SNOOP SAID YOU WERE.

WITH THAT JOB TITLE, IS IT HARDTO GET LIFE INSURANCE IN

BECAUSE--( LAUGHTER )

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN YOU'RE THELEADER OF WEST COAST RAP?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

>> AS FAR AS THE NEW SCHOOL ANDDOING WHAT I DO, BEING

INFLUENCED BY SNOOP, FIRST OFALL, AND TAKING THE TALENT THAT

I LEARNED AND PERFECTING IT TOMY OWN AND PEOPLE CALLING IT

GOOD.

>> Stephen: YOU CALL YOURSELFA RAPPER/WRITER.

>> YEAH, A WRITER.

>> Stephen: SO IF I LISTEN TOYOUR WHOLE ALBUM.

CAN I SAY I READ A BOOK THISYEAR?

WHY DO YOU WANT TO CALL YOURSELFA WRITER INSTEAD OF A RAPPER?

>> I PRIDE MYSELF ON THAT.

IT'S MORE STORYTELLING THANPUTTING RHYMING WORDS TOGETHER.

>> Stephen: BUT YOU RHYMEWORDS PRETTY WELL.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Stephen: CAN YOU RHYMECOLBERT.

>> COLBERT?

NO HAIR.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: THERE YOU GO.

IN "I" YOU SAY YOU WANT TO GIVEYOUR STORY TO CHILDREN SO THEY

LEARN LESSONS FROM YOUR LIFE.

WHAT STORY, WHAT LESSONS?

>> COMING FROM A DARK PLACE ANDDOING SOMETHING POSITIVE.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE FROMCOMPTON, RIGHT?

>> I'M FROM COMPTON.>> Stephen: ARE YOU STRAIGHT OUT

OF COMPTON? THERE WERE NODETOURS?

>> NO DETOURS>> Stephen: THERE'S NOTHING

BETWEEN COMPTON AND HERE?>> NO BACK STREETS

>> Stephen: YOU DIDN'T HAVE ALAYOVER IN DES MOINES OR

ANYTHING? YOU DON'T CHASE FAMEOR CELEBRITY?

>> NO.>> Stephen: WHY?

BECAUSE IT IS GREAT.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

EVERYTHING ELSE I'VE GOTTEN ISIS BECAUSE I CHASED FAME AND

CELEBRITY.

EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST GRAVY.

WHY DON'T YOU WANT FAME ANDCELEBRITY.

>> IT'S NOT A BAD THING BUT ATTHE SAME TIME I ALWAYS WANT TO

STAY TRUE TO WHO I AM.

>> Stephen: AND WHO IS THAT?

>> KENDRICK LAMAR, STRAIGHT OUTOF COMPTON

>> Stephen: OK WE ARE GOING TOASK YOU-- THIS CONFUSES ME, IF

YOU'RE STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON--BY THE WAY, YOU HANG OUT WITH

DRE?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: YOU SAY YOU DON'TSMOKE POT SO DO YOU GUYS JUST

TALK ABOUT, LIKE, HEADPHONES ANDSTUFF LIKE THAT.

>> YEAH, DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY>> Stephen: OK SO STRAIGHT

OUT OF COMPTON, KENDRICK LAMAR.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE-- LIKERAPPERS TAKE STAGE NAMES, LIKE

BIGGIE SMALLS OR ICED T

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO NAMEYOURSELF AFTER ANNA KENDRICK

AND SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER.

>> I JUST WANTED TO BE TRUE TOMYSELF.

>> Stephen: YOU GOT A LOT OFATTENTION FOR A SONG LAST YEAR,

IT'S CALLED "SWIMMING POOLS."

OKAY, AND IN THAT SONG YOU GOT ALYRIC HERE THAT SAYS GET A

SWIMMING POOL FULL OF LIQUOR ANDDIVE IN.

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT SELLINGTHAT TO THE GOOD PEOPLE AT

DEWAR'S?

>> I HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: JUST ADD THE WORD"RESPONSIBLY" AT THE END.

HEY, LISTEN, LISTEN, THERE,LISTEN, THERE KENDRICK LAMAR.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )I UNDERSTAND-- MY UNDERSTANDING

IS THAT YOU'RE ABOUT TO DO A NEWSONG RIGHT NOW, WORLD PREMIERE--

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WORLD PREMIERE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> IT'S ACTUALLY UNTITLED.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU DO ITFOR US NOW?

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

KENDRICK LAMAR, PLEASURE TO HAVEYOU

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH THEWORLD PREMIERE BY KENDRICK

LAMAR.

>> Stephen: HERE NOW WITH AWORLD PREMIERE OF A BRAND NEW

SONG, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,KENDRICK LAMAR.

>> SO I MET THIS YOUNG LADY WHENI WENT BACK HOME

I WAS TRYING TO SPIT MY BESTGAME TO HER,

YA KNOW, GIVE HER MY BEST CAT,BUT SHE KEPT ON SNAPPING HER

FINGERS LIKE...I SAYYOU KNOW WHAT, GIRL?

YOU CRAZY.

THEN SHE ASKED ME WHAT HE SAID>> WHAT DID THE ASIAN SAY?

♪ A PIECE OF MINDTHAT'S WHAT THE ASIAN SAID

>> I NEEDED DIVINE INTERVENTION

WAS HIS RELIGION♪ AND I WAS SURPRISED,

HIM BELIEVING IN BUDDHA♪ ME BELIEVING IN GOD,

ASK HIM WHAT ARE YOU DOING♪ HE SAID TAKING MY TIME

MEDITATION IS A MUST♪ IT DON'T HURT IF YA TRY

SEE YA THINKING TOO MUCH♪ PLUS YOU TOO FULL OF YOURSELF

WORRYING ABOUT YOUR CAREER♪ YOU EVER THINK OF YOUR HEALTH

>> WHAT DID THE INDIAN SAY?

>> A PIECE OF LAND♪ THAT'S WHAT THE INDIAN SAID

I NEEDED THE MAN TELLING ME♪ LONGEVITY IS IN THE DIRT

BUY SOME PROPERTY FIRST♪ YOU'LL PROFIT A BETTER DOLLAR

WITH GENERATIONAL PERKS♪ EQUITY AT ITS BEST

REALLY YOU SHOULD INVEST♪ THESE TANGIBLE THINGS EXPIRE

DON'T YOU EXPECT♪ INCOME WITH SO MUCH OUTCOME

AND YES, LOOK AT MY HERITAGE♪ WE BLESSED

>> WHAT DID THE BLACK MAN SAY?

A PIECE OF NOOKIE♪ THAT'S WHAT THE BLACK MAN SAID

I NEEDED TO PUSH ME TO THE LIMIT♪ THAT SATISFIED MY HUNGER

WE DO IT ALL FOR A WOMAN♪ FROM HAIRCUTS TO AWARDS

WE LIKE TO LIVE IN THE JUNGLE♪ LIKE TO PLAY IN THE PEACH

WHAT YOU SAYING TO ME♪ HE SAID HOMIE COME BACK

TO REALITY FOR A WEEK♪ NOOKIE IS POWER

CUT ON A NEW CHICK EVERY NIGHT♪ I WOULDN'T BE PROUDER

YOU SHOULD ALLOW IT>> WHAT DID THE WHITE MAN SAY?

>> A PEACE OF MIND

THAT'S WHAT THE WHITE MAN WANTED♪ WHEN I RHYMED

TELLING ME THAT HE SELLING ME♪ JUST FOR 10.99

IF I GO PLATINUM FROM RAPPING♪ I'LL DO THE COMPANY FINE

WHAT IF I COMPROMISE♪ HE SAID IT DON'T EVEN MATTER

YOU MAKE A MILLION OR MORE♪ YOU LIVING BETTER THAN AVERAGE

YOU'RE LOSING YOUR COREFOLLOWING ♪ GAINING IT ALL

HE PUT A PRICE ON MY TALENT♪ HIT THE BANK AND WITHDRAW HIT

THE BANK♪ AND WITHDRAW PUT MYSELF IN A

ROCKET SHIP♪ AND I SHOT FOR THE STARS

LOOK AT WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHING♪ WHAT HE SAID TO THE BOY

I'MA MAKE YOU SOME PROMISES ♪ YOU JUST CAN'T IGNORE,

YOUR PROFESSION ANONYMOUS♪ AS AN ARTIST IF I DON'T TARGET

YA MARKET♪ IF YOU AIN'T SIGNING YOUR

SIGNATURE WHEN I THROW YOU MY♪ WALLET, A LOT OF RAPPERS ARE

GIVING DEMO ALL THE ( NO AUDIO )♪ YA WORLD TOUR YA MASTERS

MORTGAGE I NEED A PIECE ♪♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ WHAT YOU DO♪ WHAT YOU SAY

I SHALL ENJOY THE FRUITS OF MYLABOR IF I GET FREE TODAY

♪ WHAT YOU DO♪ WHAT YOU SAY

I SHALL ENJOY THE FRUITS OF MYLABOR IF I GET FREE TODAY

♪ WHAT YOU DO♪ WHAT YOU SAY

I SHALL ENJOY THE FRUITS OF MYLABOR IF I GET FREE TODAY

♪ WHAT YOU SAY♪

♪ WHAT'D THE BLACK MAN SAY?TELL HIM WE DON'T DIE

♪ WE DON'T DIEWE DON'T DIE

♪WE MULTIPLYTELL HIM WE DON'T DIE

♪ TELL HIM WE DON'T DIE♪TELL HIM WE DON'T DIE

WE MULTIPLYTELL HIM WE DON'T DIE

♪ TELL HIM WE DON'T DIETELL HIM WE DON'T DIE

♪WE MULTIPLYTELL HIM WE DON'T DIE

♪ TELL HIM WE DON'T DIE♪TELL HIM WE DON'T DIE

WE MULTIPLY

>> Stephen: KENDRICK LAMAR