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Mass Appeal magazine reveals Kendrick Lamar to be the cover star of Issue #56.

Titled “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword,” the piece strictly focuses on the music Kendrick created f0r his sophomore masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly. Famed photographer Chris Buck captured the gripping imagery, which draws inspiration from Rock icon Mick Jagger and shows the Compton MC clinching a sword’s sharp edges in his teeth.

Per the publication:

The photo seemed apropos give Lamar’s razor-sharp bars and the fact that he’s one of a handful of rappers ever to reach rock star status without dulling his blade even slightly.

Additionally, Mass Appeal released a clip of Kendrick breaking down the cover for TPAB. Both can be found below.

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