Kendrick Lamar is a highly acclaimed American rapper who has rapidly climbed through the ranks of the music industry to become one of the world’s most popular performers.
Numerous times, he has partnered with other prominent figures in the industry, and he has won several major honors for his talent.
Kendrick Lamar, also known as Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, was born in Compton, California on June 17, 1987. He began rapping in elementary school, influenced by his idols Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre.
Lamar’s parents relocated from the south side of Chicago to Compton three years before his birth, as his father was deeply involved in gang activity and his mother made an ultimatum for them to flee together.
His mother gave him the name Kendrick in honor of Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations. Despite his environment and family’s struggles to make ends meet, he had fond childhood memories and was a straight-A student at Centennial High School in Compton who produced award-winning essays and exceptional test scores.
Lamar’s first mixtape, Youngest Head Nigga in Charge, was published at age 16 while he was still in high school, attracting the attention of local record labels instantly. In the early 2000s, he signed with Top Dawg Entertainment and subsequently produced another mixtape.
In 2008 and 2009, he was featured in the music video for Jay Rock’s “All My Life (In the Ghetto),” and he co-signed with Lil Wayne. After signing with Lil Wayne, he began using Kendrick Lamar instead of his stage moniker, K. Dot. Then, he released a second mixtape and reissued an older tape under his own identity.
In 2010 and 2011, he engaged in considerable touring and the publication of a popular mixtape and an independent album. On October 22, 2012, Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment released his debut studio album, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city.” This record ultimately sold over 1,100,000 copies in the United States alone.
Lamar’s first visit on Saturday Night Live featured performances of the album’s initial hits, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice.” In addition, he starred alongside Adam Levine and The Lonely Island in a digital short that inspired the song “YOLO.”
Kendrick has appeared on scores of singles with popular musicians such as Big Sean, Robin Thicke, Drake, 2 Chainz, Birdman, and J. Cole outside of studio albums. Good Kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar’s second studio album, was released in 2012 and achieved No. 1 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Kanye West stated in September 2013 that Kendrick Lamar would serve as his opening act for his first solo headlining tour in five years, in support of his album “Yeezus.” The following month, Lamar was featured on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” Eminem’s eighth studio album.
One month later, in November, GQ magazine crowned him Rapper of the Year. In 2014, Kendrick Lamar was nominated for seven Grammys, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year, however, he did not win. In May 2015, Lamar appeared on the remix of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”; the single topped the Billboard charts, and the music video earned them a Grammy for Best Music Video and an MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
His 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly” topped the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Many critics commended the album as “groundbreaking” for its ability to violate the “rules” of hip-hop, praising its different sounds and originality. “To Pimp a Butterfly” won Kendrick five Grammys at the 58th ceremony, including Best Rap Album.
Lamar’s subsequent album, Damn, was released in 2017 and topped the Billboard 200 and Canadian album charts. “Humble” was his most successful hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100, US R&B/Hip-Hop, and US Rap charts. Other successful singles by Lamar include “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “DNA,” among others.
By May of 2017, “Damn” was platinum-certified. He won Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video, and Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 60th annual Grammy Awards. From June 2017 to June 2018, Kendrick Lamar made approximately $60 million from his different projects.
Lamar produced and handpicked the soundtrack for Marvel’s “Black Panther” after the success of “Damn.” The CD was warmly lauded by critics and audiences alike. “All the Stars” garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
In July of 2018, Lamar made his acting debut on the Starz drama series “Power.” He portrayed Laces, a Dominican drug addict. 50 Cent, a close friend and collaborator, serves as the series’ executive producer and urged Lamar’s casting. His work was praised by critics and spectators alike.
Kendrick Lamar’s fortune
American musician Kendrick Lamar has an estimated net worth of $75 million. He is one of the most famous and well-compensated rappers in the world. He has earned more than $180 million over his career. In 2018, he earned $60 million, making him one of the year’s highest-paid performers.
Kendrick has won thirteen Grammy Awards, appeared on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people, and received two civic accolades over his career.
His album “Damn” was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, making him the first non-jazz or non-classical artist to ever receive the honor. Lamar has been on several magazines’ rankings of the greatest rappers of all time, as a result of his thought-provoking lyrics and rhymes.
What are his Personal facts?
In 2015, Lamar became engaged to Whitney Alford. In 2019, they had their first child together.
Lemar is a former marijuana addict who is now a devout Christian. Lamar indicated that he would not vote during the 2012 presidential election. In the days running up to the election, he changed his mind and stated that he intended to vote for Barack Obama.