Photo: Kendrick LamarCompton upstart Kendrick Lamar known for his Lady Gaga-approved, lo-fi poetics with Cali’s “Black Hippy Crew” is imminently upon the dropping of his highly anticipated debut solo record, good kid, m.a.a.d. city (October 22). An introvert of sorts in the context of hip-hop panache, much of Lamar’s style is intimately laced through introspective tangents, i.e. the quick-pace cadence chop masquerading as his conscience on “Swimming Pools (Drank).”

Okay, now open your mind up and listen to me, Kendrick
I’m your conscience, if you do not hear me
Then you will be history, Kendrick

Why he connected with Lady Gaga, the world will never know. But he recently shed some light via Global Grind on his sweet new Polaroid-esque album art and some of the other “pre-meditated” un-polished tactics he was adamant about approaching the record with, including a bonus bit on why his collaboration with fellow rising rapper J. Cole is not coming to fruition, and actually a peak into how Gaga and the dude meditate on art. Full disclosure: they talk about “pizza,” among things: