Kendrick Lamar Duckworth born June 17, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded by many critics and contemporaries as one of the most important and influential rappers of his generation, and as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Raised in Compton, CaliforniaLamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the Grammy Fam (Freestyle) - K Dot - Training Day name K-Dotreleasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment TDE.
He began to gain recognition in after his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, he independently released his first studio album, Section. By that time, he had amassed a large online following and collaborated with several prominent hip hop artists, including The GameBusta Rhymesand Snoop Dogg. Lamar's major label debut album, Good Kid, M. It debuted at No. Billboard and was later certified platinum by the RIAA.
His critically acclaimed third album To Pimp a Butterfly incorporated elements of funksouljazzand spoken word. It debuted atop the charts in the U. InLamar released Untitled Unmastereda collection of unreleased demos that originated during the recording sessions for To Pimp a Butterfly. He released his fourth album, Damnin to further acclaim; its lead single " Humble " topped the U.
Billboard Hot chart, while the album itself became the first non-classical and non-jazz album to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He has received many accolades over the course of his career, including 13 Grammy Awards. Inat the age of eight, Lamar witnessed his idols Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre filming the music video for their hit single " California Love ", which proved to be a significant moment in Grammy Fam (Freestyle) - K Dot - Training Day life.
He has admitted to being quiet and shy in school, his mother even confirming he was "a loner" until the age of seven. Lamar garnered further recognition after a video of a live performance of a Charles Hamilton show surfaced, in which Hamilton battled fellow rappers who were in the audience. Lamar did not hesitate and began rapping a verse over the instrumental to Miilkbone 's "Keep It Real", which would later appear on a track titled "West Coast Wu-Tang".
The mixtape includes a song titled "Ignorance Is Bliss", in which Lamar highlights gangsta rap and street crimebut ends each verse with "ignorance is bliss", giving the message "we know not what we do;"   it was this song specifically that made hip hop producer Dr.
Dre want to work with Lamar after seeing the music video on YouTube. Dre's record label, Aftermath Entertainment. Colemarking their first of several collaborations. On the topic of whether his next project would be an album or a mixtape, Lamar answered: "I treat every project like it's an album anyway.
It's not going to be nothing leftover. I Grammy Fam (Freestyle) - K Dot - Training Day do nothing like that. These are my leftover songs you all can have them. I'm going to put my best out.
My best effort. I'm trying to look for an album in Dre and Game. The video was directed by Vashtie Kola who had this to say of the video: "Inspired by "A.
D"'s dark beat and melancholy lyrics which explore a generation in conflict, we find Kendrick Lamar in a video that illustrates the songs[sic] universal and age-old theme of apathetic youth.
On February 15,a song by Lamar titled " Cartoon and Cereal ", featuring fellow American rapper Gunplaywas leaked online. Under the new deal, Lamar's projects, including his album good kid, m. Dre and his hometown of Compton, California. The song, which serves as the first single from his good kid, m. Dre, who also mixed the record. On May 14,J. Cole again spoke on his collaborative effort with Lamar.
We got it in, finally, again. We got maybe four or five [songs] together. Lamar also talked about his style and sound, Dr. The song peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot in its thirteenth week of gradually climbing up the chart. On August 15,singer Lady Gaga announced via Twitter that both had recorded a song titled "PartyNauseous" for his debut album. Lamar's major-label debut, good kid, m. The album was met with critical acclaim and debuted at number two in the US, sellingcopies in its first week.
I don't want to give dates. I'm just going to let it fall" in an interview with the LA Leakers. In AugustLamar's verse on the Big Sean track Allegro - Willy Burkhard / Rudolf Kelterborn, Drolc-Quartett - Streichquartett · Sonate / Streichqua Control ", made waves across the hip-hop industry.
In the verse, Lamar vows to lyrically "murder" every other up-and-coming rapper, namely J. Запјевајмо Сложно Овдје - Ђорђије Копривица* И Миљанић Миломир* - Изворне Пјесме (Оћемо Ли Чоче.Чо, Big K. During the song, Lamar also calls himself the "King of New York", which caused controversy among several New York-based rappers.
Bamong many others, released a response or diss trackwithin a week. On September 6,American recording artist and record producer Kanye West announced he would be headlining his first solo tour in five years, in support of his sixth album Yeezuswith Kendrick Lamar accompanying him on tour. The Yeezus Tour began in October.
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I'm not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves. D City " and a remix of " Radioactive " in a mash-up with American rock band Imagine Dragons at the awards ceremony.
In an interview with Billboard in FebruaryLamar stated he was planning to put out a new album the next Sky Floatage Is But A Dream Of Forward Thinking - Prick Decay - Escape To The Depository Of Shotgun. On September 23,Lamar released " i " as the first single from his third album.
On May 17,Lamar featured on the official remix of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift 's song " Bad Blood ", as well as appearing in the music video. Interlude " also featured a music video,  as did " u " with "For Sale" as part of the short film " God Is Gangsta.
Billboard critics commented at the end of the year, "twenty years ago, a conscious rap record wouldn't have penetrated the mainstream in the way Kendrick Lamar did with To Pimp A Butterfly. His sense of timing is impeccable. In the midst of rampant cases of police brutality and racial tension across America, he spews raw, aggressive bars while possibly cutting a rug,"  while Pitchfork editors noted it "forced critics to think deeply about music.
It's an album by the greatest rapper of his generation. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. But they take somebody who is out there and say, 'That's what people want. On Grammy Fam (Freestyle) - K Dot - Training Day 4,Lamar released a compilation album Untitled Unmastered containing eight untitled tracks, each dated. Collectors Edition in mid-Decemberwith the tracklist from the original album in reverse order.
In Mayit was announced that Lamar was planning a departure from Spotify. He tweeted a link Starting Place - Greg Copeland - Used his debut album 17 accompanied by praise for the controversial rapper's "raw thoughts. In JulyLamar made his acting debut in the fifth season the Starz drama series Powerportraying a Dominican drug addict named Laces. Series creator Courtney A.
Kemp said that Lamar told 50 Cent that he wanted to be on the show and 50 Cent organized the appearance. He also compared his acting preparation to his songwriting, saying that he prefers to "always have that open space to evolve". Tupac Shakur is his biggest influence, and has Grammy Fam (Freestyle) - K Dot - Training Day his music as well as his day-to-day lifestyle. In a September interview, Lamar stated rapper Eminem "influenced a lot of my style" and has since credited Eminem for his own aggression, on records such as " Backseat Freestyle ".
Dreand Tha Dogg Pound. A little bit of Kurupt[Tupac], with some of the content of Ice Cube. Lamar has been branded as the "new king of hip hop" numerous times. He is certainly in the very short lists of artists in the conversation.
On the topic of his music genreLamar has said: "You really can't categorize my music, it's human music. D City heavily influenced by West Grammy Fam (Freestyle) - K Dot - Training Day hip hop  and 90s gangsta rap.
Called a "radio-friendly but overtly political Grammy Fam (Freestyle) - K Dot - Training Day by Pitchfork Lamar has been a branded "master of storytelling"  and his lyrics have been described as "katana-blade sharp" and his flow limber and dexterous. His writing has also been called "confessional"  and controversial. Lamar's song "The Blacker the Berry" gathered controversy following the lines, "So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street, when gang-banging make me kill a nigga blacker than me?
It's something I still have to think about when I sleep at night. In his verse, Lamar called Im Comin Home, Girl - Bobby Vinton - Evry Day Of My Life / Satin Pillows several rappers, telling them he was going to murder his competition. Lamar has been reported to be in a feud with Drake. Complex called their relationship "complicated",  Genius called it a "subliminal war",  and GQ called it a "cold war" due to the mass popularity of both artists.
In SeptemberDrake's third album, Nothing was the Samewas released. In DecemberDrake, whilst being interviewed by Vicesaid he "stood his ground" and he has to realize "I'm being baited and I'm not gonna fall", then refusing to deny that the line on "The Grammy Fam (Freestyle) - K Dot - Training Day was directed to Lamar, saying Connected Body Pentagram - Necromass - Connected Body Pentagram Promo Tape "doesn't want to get into responses".
Drake later went on to say that he acknowledged the lines in Lamar's cypher were for him and that it wasn't enough for him to prepare a response before saying they haven't seen each other since the BET cypher. In Juneformer NFL player and broadcast show host Marcellus Wiley alleged that on his ESPN show, Drake or Lamar had given an interview in which they started "talking noise" and claimed that they had problems with the other individual.
The interview was eventually not aired and Wiley said it had been "destroyed". It was speculated that the insult was directed towards Drake, who has seen controversy due to the use of "ghostwriters" on songs such as " RICO ".
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