Kendrick Lamar is a highly acclaimed rapper and songwriter from Compton, California. He is known for pushing boundaries in the hip-hop industry and his thought-provoking lyrics that touch on topics such as racism, social injustice, and personal growth.

Early Life

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born on June 17, 1987. He grew up in a rough neighborhood in Compton and was exposed to violence at an early age. However, he found solace in music and started rapping under the name K-Dot at just 16 years old.

Career Beginnings

In 2010, Kendrick released his first mixtape titled "Overly Dedicated." The mixtape gained him attention from the music industry and he was signed to Top Dawg Entertainment shortly after.

Major Successes

In 2012, Kendrick released his major label debut album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" which received critical acclaim and commercial success. The album tells the story of Kendrick's experiences growing up in Compton and has been praised for its storytelling ability.

Kendrick's next album "To Pimp a Butterfly," released in 2015, also received critical acclaim. The album delves into themes of racial inequality and self-love.

Recent Work

Kendrick's most recent album "DAMN." was released in 2017 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music - making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award.

Aside from music, Kendrick has also made small acting appearances in movies like Power Rangers (2017) and Black Panther (2018).


Kendrick Lamar is a influential figure within not only hip hop but within popular culture today. His impact can be seen not only through winning various awards including sevral Grammy Awards but through how Kendrick constantly uses music to bring light social issues such as the current state of politics, inequality and social injustice.