I agree with the Adele attacks, and throwing Beyonce in there is unfair too.
But anyway, I'm sure mostly everyone has moved on to RHMT and JT30 but Zane Lowe interviewed Kendrick Lamar for Apple music, Beats 1 or whatever. It's 45 min long and he goes mostly track for track. XXX comes up at 36 min in.
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(don't have a direct link but it's in the article - corrected link)
Article mentions XXX too:
Kendrick also revealed that there is a ton of unreleased music from the sessions. He told Lowe that “XXX.,” the song featuring U2, originally had six verses. “That’s why the changes are so crazy.”
In the interview itself, Zane starts out by, unsurprisingly, referencing Bono's quote that America is an idea, that the same sentiment is in that song - a sound not a place. Kendricks chimes in "crazy lyrics...couple bars...impactful"Zane:
what does XXX mean to you?KL:
XXX is the idea of complete chaos and madness. That's what I got from it. Organized madness, controlled madness. Us trying to control this madness. So when you hear them lyrics about what he's saying, "it's a place, it's an idea", I was trying to control that idea...through lyrics, through song.Zane:
Is it a good idea? Even the original idea of what America is?KL:
For better or for worse, it's a content idea. Simple as that.
Then they move on with Zane asking him again about Trump and Kendrick sucks his teeth (or kisses his teeth, whichever term you use), which is pretty great. (until now I never knew what the sound was called, but the meaning behind it was always obvious)