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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar



Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing 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 2010, after his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, he independently released his first studio album, Section.80, which included his debut single, "HiiiPoWeR". By that time, he had amassed a large online following and collaborated with several prominent artists in the hip hop industry, including The Game, Busta Rhymes, and Snoop Dogg.

Lamar's major label debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was released in 2012 by TDE, Aftermath, and Interscope Records to critical success. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The record contained the top 40 singles "Swimming Pools (Drank)", "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe", and "Poetic Justice".

Lamar won his first Grammy Award for "i", the lead single from his critically acclaimed third album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015). The album, drawing on free jazz, funk, soul, and spoken word, debuted atop the charts in the US and the UK, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 58th ceremony. In 2016, Lamar released Untitled Unmastered, a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the recording sessions for Butterfly. He released his fourth album Damn in 2017 to further acclaim; its lead single "Humble" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lamar has received a number of accolades over the course of his career, including seven Grammy Awards. In early 2013, MTV named him the number one "Hottest MC in the Game", on their annual list.[1] Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.[2] Aside from his solo career, Lamar is also known as a member of the West Coast hip hop supergroup Black Hippy, alongside his TDE label-mates and fellow South Los Angeles-based rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q.



"Loyalty" (stylized as "LOYALTY.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
"DNA" (stylized as "DNA.") is the second single by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, from his fourth studio album Damn, released on May 30, 2017.
Damn (stylized as DAMN.) is the fourth studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.
"XXX" (stylized as "XXX.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, from his fourth studio album Damn, released on April 14, 2017.

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Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar Featured on N.E.R.D's New Album (Week in Review)
  –  November 11, 2017
Kendrick Lamar Featured on N.E.R.D's New Album- more Ed Sheeran Releases Music Video For 'Perfect'- Drake Performs New Song And Promises New Music Is Coming Soon- Taylor Swift Debuts 'New Year's Day' Live On Television- more Harry Styles Releases Surreal ...
Kendrick Lamar, Kobe Bryant, Puma And More Make ComplexCon An Absolute Must Attend Event
  –  November 9, 2017
The epicenter of the music and fashion industries this past weekend was inarguably ... The star power just in the halls was next level as Kendrick Lamar and Kobe Bryant appeared together at the Nike Experience, G-Eazy posed for pics at Hype Beast, Steve ...
MTV Video Music Awards Winners: Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran Among Top Honorees
  –  August 27, 2017
to musicians and artists who have excelled in the music video world. Trying her best, Katy Perry slogged her way through “jokes” as she hosted this year’s ceremony, which marked the first year where the awards were gender neutral. Kendrick Lamar’s ...
Riley helps Huskers score with a new play — the backstage pass
  –  August 24, 2017
Riley began to tell the famous rapper from Compton, California, (real name Kendrick Lamar Duckworth) about the Huskers ... In the past four months, despite being a diehard, lifelong country music fan, Riley’s met two of the most popular rappers on ...
Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna Wear Her Jewelry
  –  November 12, 2017
Now Lives In a minimal one-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where the lights are seldom on but a record always is. Big Break In 2010, while interning at DKNY, Ms. Ali would wear her homemade pieces around the office. One day, her jewelry got ...
FEEL. by Kendrick Lamar Songfacts
  –  November 11, 2017
"FEEL." is a song that finds Kendrick Lamar meditating on his stardom as he catalogues the wide range of feelings, particularly the negative ones, that his fame and success has elicited. He shares his growing anxieties about losing his friends and family ...
The Internet Is Ringing The Alarm After Lindsay Lohan Tweeted Kendrick Lamar...
  –  November 10, 2017
So, Lindsay Lohan has hip-hop fans scratching their heads after the actress publicly reached out to Kendrick Lamar on Twitter on Nov. 8. Lohan wants the TDE legend to slide in her DMs, and the internet wants to know why. “DM Me,” Lohan commanded ...
Kendrick Lamar, Kobe Bryant, Puma And More Make ComplexCon An Absolute Must Attend Event
  –  November 9, 2017
The epicenter of the music and fashion industries this past weekend was inarguably in Long Beach, California at ComplexCon, the massive two-day conference/concert/retail paradise/musical version of Comic-Con put on by Complex Media. In just its second year ...
11 Things Lindsay Lohan Could Be DMing Kendrick Lamar About
  –  November 8, 2017
"Mollies’ll prolly turn these niggas to fuckin’ Lindsay Lohan/ A bunch of rich ass white girls lookin’ for parties/ Playin with Barbies, wreck the Porsche before you give ’em the car key." This kicked off some drama — at least, between Kendrick ...
Kendrick Lamar And Kobe Bryant Talk Greatness
  –  November 8, 2017
Kendrick Lamar and Kobe Bryant opened up about the characteristics of greatness during a recent panel at Complexcon. Both shared some insights into their personal journey to the very top of their respective games. "It's crystal clear to me because it's ...
Lindsay Lohan Wants Kendrick Lamar To Slide Into Her DMs
  –  November 8, 2017
RELATED: Kendrick Lamar Assists U2 On "Get Out Of Your Own Way" In other Kendrick news, his track "Humble" has surpassed the one million download mark, something that seems nearly impossible in the world of streaming and on-demand plays that make up the ...
Kendrick Lamar & Kobe Bryant Talk Career Growth & Defining 'Greatness' at Complexcon 2017
  –  November 8, 2017
Kendrick Lamar has long landed himself in the thick of "best rapper alive" conversations, since his debut and has cemented his place among the greats in hip-hop. In the same vein, conversations about the greatest players in basketball almost always ...
Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar Featured on N.E.R.D's New Album
  –  November 7, 2017
(Radio.com) Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley have revived their group N.E.R.D, and brought along a cavalcade of superstars for the occasion as special guest stars. The new album, reportedly titled No_One Ever Really Dies, features appearances ...
U2 Enlist Kendrick Lamar for New Song “Get Out of Your Own Way”
  –  November 7, 2017
U2 are continuing to kick it in high gear. The revered rock icons have returned with the brand new single “Get Out of Your Own Way,” a track that features none other than Kendrick Lamar. Stream it below via Spotify. It’s the third single release from ...
Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar Talk Competitive Nature of Rapping and Basketball, Greatness In Their Careers And Much More
  –  November 7, 2017
There were so many things that took place at the second annual Complex Con this past weekend in Long Beach, California. N.E.R.D. hit the stage and previewed their new album, there was a live sketching session from Andre 3000, performances from artists such ...
Kendrick Lamar & Kobe Bryant Talk Respective Careers, Greatness & More
  –  November 6, 2017
The second annual ComplexCon took place over the weekend in Long Beach and by the looks of it, it was once again a huge success. One of the highlights was fellow LA natives Kendrick Lamar and Kobe Bryant sitting down for an interview with Jinx. The full ...
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble.’ Surpasses One Million Downloads
  –  November 6, 2017
Digital sales for Kendrick Lamar's hit song "HUMBLE." have surpassed one million downloads, placing the California rapper at No. 17 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales chart for the week ending on Oct. 26. After spending 30 weeks on the chart, the song, which ...
Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000 and More Featured on New N.E.R.D Album
  –  November 6, 2017
Within days, N.E.R.D's long-awaited return has gone from imminent to "we're back." The Virginia trio premiered their brand new album, titled No_One Ever Really Dies, at ComplexCon this past weekend, and now we know exactly what to expect from the project.
Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar Feature on N.E.R.D’s Star-Studded New Album
  –  November 6, 2017
Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley have revived their group N.E.R.D, and brought along a cavalcade of superstars for the occasion. Related: N.E.R.D Tap Rihanna for New Comeback Single ‘Lemon’ The new album, reportedly titled No_One Ever Really ...
Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar Talk About Their Evolution to Greatness at ComplexCon
  –  November 6, 2017
Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar have both reached the mountaintop in their respective fields, so you'd be wise to listen up when they share how they arrived there. Complex News' Jinx sat down with Kobe and Kendrick at ComplexCon to get their take on what ...
Kendrick Lamar | DAMN. | INSTANT CLASSIC
  –  November 6, 2017
After releasing two of the decade’s most popular and critically acclaimed rap albums, expectations for Kendrick Lamar's fourth LP were sky-high. How would a radio-friendly but overtly political rapper respond to an era of police killings on TV and Donald ...
N.E.R.D. Debuts Its New Album At ComplexCon Featuring Kendrick Lamar & André 3000
  –  November 6, 2017
Just a few days after dropping the comeback single “Lemon” featuring Rihanna, N.E.R.D debuted its new album No_One Ever Dies in its entirety during their set at ComplexCon. The 11-track project is set to feature Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, Wale, Future ...
Best new songs to stream: U2 with Kendrick Lamar, Jim James, and more.
  –  November 5, 2017
Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve a thumbs-down click — you want the best new songs ...
Hip Hop Single Sales: Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE." Surpasses One Million
  –  November 5, 2017
Digital sales for Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. single “HUMBLE.” hit over one million in downloads, placing him at #17 on the R&B/Hip Hop Single Sales chart for the week ending on October 26. Furthermore, Calvin Harris’ “Faking It” featuring Kehlani ...
Kobe Bryant, Kendrick Lamar discuss how basketball and music influence their lives
  –  November 5, 2017
When it comes to the best basketball players in the history of Los Angeles, former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is arguably at the top of that list. Rapper and Compton native Kendrick Lamar often shares that same pedestal in discussions ...
Hear U2's Exuberant New Song Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  –  November 5, 2017
Rapper adds inspirational cameo on band's 'Songs of Experience' track "Get Out of Your Own Way" U2 released "Get Out of Your Own Way," an exuberant new song featuring a spoken word cameo from Kendrick Lamar. Credit: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic The track opens ...
Fillmore Miami Beach's Best Moments: Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Sting, and Chris Rock
  –  November 3, 2017
It has a long and storied history, first as Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, then the Theater of Performing Arts, and later the Jackie Gleason Theater. But 2017 is the tenth year the building at 1700 Washington Ave. has been known as the Fillmore Miami Beach.
U2 Unveil New Track Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Detail New Album & 2018 Tour Dates
  –  November 2, 2017
U2's newest release, "Get Out of Your Own Way", features Kendrick Lamar in a spoken word verse. On the echoic anthem, Bono pleads with the listener to help themselves by, you guessed it, getting out of their own way. Bono can help but the choice made for ...
U2 ft. Kendrick Lamar – Get Out of Your Own Way
  –  November 2, 2017
Having previously worked with U2 on “XXX” for his DAMN album, Kendrick Lamar returns the favor and closes out the band’s new single “Get Out Of Your Own Way” with a spoken word verse. This will appear on the new album, Songs of Experience, due ...
Kendrick Lamar and Kygo on U2's Songs of Experience
  –  November 2, 2017
U2 have teamed up with Kendrick Lamar again for their new album 'Songs of Experience'. The Irish rockers have unveiled the full tracklisting for the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 2014's 'Songs of Innocence', which reveals Bono and co have reunited with ...
Listen to Kendrick Lamar Preach on the New U2 Track
  –  November 2, 2017
Blessed are the arrogant, for there is the kingdom of their own company/Blessed are the superstars/For the magnificence in their light/We understand better our own insignificance/Blessed are the filthy rich/For you can only truly own what you give away ...


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