Kendrick Lamar has written an essay for XXL Magazine's Winter issue due out on 22nd December.

In it, he writes about people's reactions to his album To Pimp A Butterfly, social and political issues, racism, and having power, questioning himself and the world along the way. A snippet of his essay reads as follows:

"I know I’m chosen. I know I’m a favorite. I know in my heart there’s a whole other energy and leadership side of me that I have probably run from my whole life. How much power do I want? How much can I handle? That’s the question I keep asking myself. ’Cause when you are a voice for the youth, nothing can stop you. The youth is what changes things. Can I lead that? Should I? I get confused because people are championing me to be that vocal point and it’s a challenge for me to be that because I have some fear of that type of power. This goes back to me being who I naturally am or who think that I am now, that 28-year-old kid that’s kind’ve a recluse. But 28 is old enough for me to figure out who I am and have that power at the same time, that’s the battle and it’s a trip."

That power and influence isn't anything delusional, it's wholly real: back in May this year Kendrick was named by the California State Senate as the Generational Icon for the state's 35th district, and a schoolteacher has been discussing and exploring his lyrics whilst teaching English Literature, which in turn inspired the 'Be Alright' Scholarship, amongst other things.

Read more from the essay here.