Pop Quiz: Lenny Kravitz

Aidin Vaziri | Lenny Kravitz has too much going on. The 47-year-old multiplatinum rocker is about to hit the road to promote his ninth album, “Black and White America,” which was released last year; he’s in the studio working on his next one, “Negrophilia”; and he also has a major part in the film adaptation of “The Hunger Games,” out next month. “That’s three things I’m doing,” he says, when we catch up with him during a quick breather in New York. “There’s a lot more.”

Lenny Kravitz
Q: You turn 50 in three years. Do you still feel like you have to prove yourself?
A: No. That’s the beautiful thing. I have nothing to prove to anyone except myself. I’m at a place where I’m really free. I just keep challenging myself. My best work is ahead of me.
Q: You recorded “Black and White America” while living in a trailer in the Bahamas. Do material possessions mean less when you can have anything you want?
A: I’ve always felt like that. The simplicity works for me. Being there that long put me at a place of peace and allowed me to focus on my art. That was really incredible.
Q: There’s a childhood photo of you on the cover of “Black and White America.” It doesn’t look like you’ve aged a day – all you need is the face paint.
A: You’re being nice.
Q: Not really, I just want to know your anti-aging secret.
A: I have good genes in the family.
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