Kendrick Lamar is on the cover of this month’s XXL magazine and an accompanying essay from the rapper that describes his struggles with success and fame. The piece is filled with interesting tidbits, including his feelings about being snubbed at the Grammys. But he also opens up about some sage advice he got from Lauryn Hill:

I had a talk with Lauryn Hill and she said, “Try to completely throw away your ego.” How many times can you throw away an ego, you know? It’s tough. It’s something we all battle with. I battle with it all the time and the idea of being in all these places–the big spots, all the events, the lights–it’s all for your ego. It’s all for your own confirmation to be like, okay, I’m somebody. But truthfully, you’ve always been somebody. You don’t need the lights.

Read the rest over at XXL.

Lamar’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” is due out sometime early this year.