In “All Business,” Good Kid Lamb delves deep into the transformation of his identity and life experiences, weaving a lyrical tapestry that reflects his personal journey. With a focus on introspection, societal critique, and a renewed sense of purpose, this album showcases a more sophisticated and focused artist, offering listeners a unique and powerful musical experience. Through his raw, introspective lyrics and profound messages, Good Kid Lamb invites his audience to join him on his artistic and personal evolution, leaving a lasting impact and a desire for more.
Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind your new album, “All Business,” and how it reflects your personal journey?
All Business serves as a correction to my identity, reinventing my image due to the personal changes I’ve gone through since I last portrayed myself as an artist. I went from being a confused and arrogant kid, to a seasoned and confident man and father. I’ve experienced almost every aspect of the life I once thought I fully understood, and I’ve made it to where I am now able to say that most things are never what they seem. Through it all, I’ve almost regressed mentally to the focused and tunnel vision mindset of my early teens. Hence the term “All Business.” I’m focused on nothing else.
You mentioned that this album is a result of adversity and renewed self-discovery. Could you share some specific experiences or challenges that influenced the creation of this project?
From having my first daughter way before I was ready, to realizing three years later, I wasn’t as ready as I thought to have my youngest, everything I’ve been through has influenced the creation of this project. Losing close friends to the system, and even small portions of my own life. Fighting multiple legal cases, getting one dismissed, pleading guilty on another, then another, and then fighting two more, while on probation, I’ve learned a lot about life I didn’t know before. I’ve watched people I’ve known closely die when you wouldn’t expect it. I’ve seen important things go far from as planned. Seen a lot of loss, seen a lot of change. Lost my Aunt, and my legal guardian, on my 22nd birthday. Killed before she was even 40, only weeks before my friend’s father was murdered. Close friends losing close friends and family to violence, one way or another. Achieving milestones in life, but still not making it far enough.
“All Business” is described as your most sophisticated work to date. What new elements or themes can fans expect to hear in this album compared to your previous releases?
The lyrical depth and meaning surpasses anything I’ve written before. As far as rhyme schemes, and musical patterns, all my music is usually kept up to the same standard, but the message is different now. The flow, and more importantly the switch of the flow, is what should stand out the most. That, alone, is how my new style will be defined. The way I ride the beat now, and in the future, will be incomparable, with the raw perspective that comes with it. The word play will always be there, but I’m working toward double and triple entendres with such simple meanings on one end that anybody can listen and feel it.
You’ve gone through several artist epithets and name changes throughout your career. How does your current identity as Good Kid Lamb represent your evolution as an artist and as an individual?
Growing up too fast was something I did too early, and that will leave you doing too much. I used to do too much, care too much, and want to prove too much.
Ego and pride runs rampant in boys with no father, and I was a prime example of that. Not only do I want to erase the bold notion of being a criminal in the public eye, but I also want to humbly accept any identity given, being that these last years being the bad guy were not fun, so I will happily reaccept my old look as a good kid.
I also, truly at heart, really just want to do what is right, by taking care of my family, and being there as the person I am for everybody I care about.
Could you elaborate on the significance of the album’s title, “All Business,” and how it relates to the overall message or concept of the project?
“All Business,” as a title sets the tone from the jump of the entire vibe of my reintroduction into the music scene. Like I mentioned before, I’m refocused on the main goal, and the main goal only. Everything else is a distraction. From women, to conflict, to law enforcement, and even all the way to entertainment, if it’s not the goal, it is a distraction that I’m doing my best to avoid. I’m not perfect, but I do my best to remain “All Business.” Unlike before, I try my hardest to revert my energy away from things that aren’t serving my purpose.
Your music is known for its raw introspection and societal critique. Can you share some of the key themes or messages you aim to convey through this album?
As far as introspection goes, I paint my battle with issues of pride and anger. Those two are big, and work together at times. Ego is something I will always jump around with. Recently I’ve realized my switching of egos, to my alter egos, and older names I went by.
The Good Kid sees all the wrongdoing by my peers, myself, my enemies, my friends, and more importantly people in authority. My alter egos deal with personal battles; depressive tendencies and anxious paranoias. I’ve dealt with greed. Addiction. Loss. Everything.
What was the collaborative process like in terms of working with a sound engineer from Houston for mixing and mastering? How did it contribute to the album’s sonic quality?
The collaborative process was actually extremely difficult for us, from a distance. The fact that he is who he is made the sonic quality amazing for sure, but the fact we were at such distance made the production difficult to correct and conclude, due to the fact we couldn’t be in the same place, at the same time, working on the same thing.
How has your close-knit family and fanbase influenced the creation of “All Business,” and how do they continue to inspire your music?
Honestly, family and such served to remind me to do it, because without the constant input of everyone around me, I’d just be boxing right now, and music would be a thing of the past. I love music, but the life that I made for myself pushed me away from it. Everybody around me pushed me back towards it, forcefully.
Are there any standout tracks on the album that hold a particularly special place in your heart, and if so, what makes them stand out?
Soon to Relapse holds the #1 spot. I just got my true point across the best in that song. I mean every word in that song, more than I’ve probably meant anything artistic ever before. It just covers nearly every aspect of my personality and perspective, on a more simple level than other songs. It’s one of the more playful and street songs on the album. Others like Dragon Ball Me, All Talk, and Pull-Up Hittin’ all resonate in that same way, and just are the type of music I listen to myself on a daily basis.
What do you hope listeners will take away from “All Business,” both in terms of the music itself and the message you aim to communicate with this project?
Hopefully they hear the difference, and the ability to really speak through the music. That’s all I want. For people to hear it, and be shocked it actually exists, because it’s nothing like anything else.
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