Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper and songwriter that used to go by the stage name K-Dot. As a teen, he put out a mixtape that caught the attention of record label Top Dawg Entertainment.
It wasn’t until 2010 that he became very well-known for his first release titled Overly Dedicated. In 2011, Kendrick Lamar became popular with followers online, and worked with famous hip-hop names including Lil Wayne, The Game, Snoop Dog and Busta Rhymes. This same year, he released his first studio album, called Section.80. This album included the hit “HiiiPoWeR”.
Due to his success, he was signed to Aftermath and Interscope Records in 2012. Under this major label he released good kid, m.A.A.d city in October 2012. Singles including “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, and “Poetic Justice” all made the U.S. top 40 charts. The album itself made its debut at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It was also certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 2015, Kendrick Lamar released his third album, To Pimp a Butterfly. It went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album that year. In 2016, Lamar released untitled unmastered., which is a collection of unreleased demos that he had recorded while working on To Pimp a Butterfly.
When speaking about a possible new album release, Lamar has said wants to bring God and spirituality back into music through his own compilations. In an interview with New York Times Style Magazine, Lamar said, “We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”
In all, Lamar has received seven Grammy Awards. He is also a member of the hip hop group Black Hippy.