Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born in Compton, California 1987. His parents have moved from Chicago to Compton to escape the cities gang life although Lamar’s father had been a gang member of the notorious Gangster Disciples. He grew up around gang violence but he stayed away from it. Lamar was a good student that enjoyed writing. He wrote stories to poems then to rap lyrics. Rapping under the name K-Dot, Kendrick released his first mixtape and started to gain attention locally.

He soon released Training Day and C4. He started working with upcoming west coast rappers like Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and Schoolboy Q. All together they joined together to make the rap group, Black Hippy. Kendrick soon dropped the name K-Dot and got rid of his last name, Duckworth and used his own name Kendrick Lamar. He put out his fourth mixtape Overly Dedicated. The same year he dropped his first full album under Top Dawg Entertainment named it Section.80. He continued to writing lyrics and making music. He continued to work with popular artists such as Young Jeezy, The Game, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne.

With his rising fame he caught the eye of Dr. Dre which he took the young artist under his wing and signed him to his record label Aftermath Entertainment. Working with some of the greatest of all time such as, Eminem and 50 cent. Working with them Kendrick released his major debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city. Hit singles like swimming pools and Poetic Justice attracted a crowd of not only hip-hop but also fans of alternative rock. he was named Hottest MC of 2012. His next album, To Pimp A Butterfly. With hits like Alright and Blacker than a Berry. The whole album was produced with live jazz as well which is amazing. In 2016 he released untitled unmastered which was a compilation of unfinished tracks for pimp a butterfly. He released DAMN in 2017 which had hit singles like HUMBLE and DNA. Nominated for seven Grammy’s. He won 5 Grammy’s for best rap album and other categories. He has a net worth of 14 million. All in all Kendrick Lamar is one of the best and hottest rappers right now. His music gives a image of a gloomy and dark inner LA and he some times makes you think with his thought provoking lyrics. He is one of the best right now.

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