There comes a time when rock stars who seemed larger than life end up morphing into soccer dads, literally. Many of the frontmen still around — like Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler, and The Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger— seem to have lost their luster. Gone are the sexed-up getups and tongue teasing. But that’s not the case with Lenny Kravitz. It’s been thirty years since he dropped the seminal Let Love Rule, and he still has more swag than most of the younger cats coming into the game. The ‘80s rock icon has been called the man who has managed to keep the vintage vibe alive.
Despite all the accolades he receives — which flows his way on the regular—the Brooklyn-born musician was just born this way —there’s nothing contrived him, which probably explains why he’s a stalwart in the music industry. But despite all the accolades, he’s still one of the most underrated, and underappreciated musical geniuses around, and it’s easy to wonder if he feels any pressure to keep up with the times. “I'd done so much, and I'd gone so many places musically, I really wasn't sure who I was at that [the time of making my most recent album] he told Questlove. “A lot of people were giving opinions, which is good, about what they thought I should be doing, and try this, try that, work with this one, do this. You never work with a producer. You always do everything yourself. And this whole thing about remaining relevant, which I learned a lot about because it really doesn't mean anything. Well, to me, being relevant is being true to who you are at any given time. And what was I going to go do? I was going to go make a track record. Not that I don't dig it, but, you know what I'm saying? Try to be that guy, like, okay, let me go be hip.”
Kravitz chops it up Questlove in NYC’s VuDu Studio for Episode 093 of the Questlove Supreme podcast. He talks about his mother, the beautiful actress Roxie Roker, how his parents met, smoking weed with Sherman Hemsley, his parent's relationship with Duke Ellington, finding gems with his daughter Zoe in the Bahamas, and when he first met Lisa Bonet. Check out a few excepts below.
Being introduced to music and his parents being close to Duke Ellington and sitting on his lap while he sung Lenny a happy fifth birthday:
Zoro – the infamous drummer in the 80s – connecting Kravitz & Lisa Bonnet together:
Check out the full interview exclusively on Pandora.