We’re just a matter of weeks away from the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, and the man leading the night is Kendrick Lamar with 11 nominations. The Compton MC takes the latest cover of Billboard, where he discusses his desire to win his awards, his recent White House visit, and whether or not he knows the direction of his next album yet. Check out excerpts below, and read the full story here.

On President Obama:

“The way people look at me these days — that’s the same way I looked at President Obama before I met him. We tend to forget that people who’ve attained a certain position are human. When [the president] said to my face what his favorite record was — I understood that, no matter how high-ranking you get in this world, you’re human.”

“No matter how high the pedestal you reach, we all still like a beat,” he says. “Even the president has got to hear that snare drum.”

On his next album’s direction:

“As far as content, what I want to get across, I have an idea,” he says. “But even that’s still premature. Once I get back in that studio, things evolve into other things.”

On To Pimp A Butterfly‘s Impact:

“The album just had a deeper impact than I expected, because it touched so many homes, and not just in my own community. I guess I’m just speaking words that need to be heard in these times.”