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KENDRICK LAMAR BIOGRAPHY






Music/Life story/About:




1980s



During the late 1980s  Kendrick Lamars parents Paula Oliver and Kenneth Duckworth met when they were still kids, while working on the south side of Chicago.

Paula came from a family of 13 children and Kenneth was one of seven. While living on 76th Street & Stoney Island, Paula told Kenny she will not put up with the dramas of street life ( as Kenneth had been allegedly affiliated with the Gangster Disciples) and that is when they made their escape from the war zone of the south side slums.

In 1984, while still teenagers, they hopped on a train to San Bernardino, California with nothing other than the cloths on their backs, two plastic sacs filled with their belongings and $500.
Although their destination was San Bernandino, they ended up calling Compton home when Kendricks Aunt Tina pulled some strings and got Paula a job at Mc Donalds and paid for their hotel until they could support themselves. His parents would find themselves sleeping in motels, their car and at worst they spent nights in local parks, provided it was warm enough outside.

When Paula and Kenneth were able to save up enough money for their first apartment, they settled down and what came next was baby Kendrick.

Named after the R&B/Soul legend, Eddie Kendricks by his mother, Kendrick would mature quickly and was nicknamed “Man-Man” because of this.






1990s




Known as a quite observer, always keeping to himself, the thoughtful young Kendrick was known to stutter when faced with excitement or trouble, but this would not stop Kendrick from becoming a magnet to other children at a young age, although he was described by his mother as a “Loner”. 

At 5 years old Kendrick recalls the events of the ’92 riots, from hearing about the Rodney King assault to watching his father take tires from a local “Auto Zone.” It was also at the age of 5 when Lamar witnessed his first murder, which took place outside of his apartment complex involving an adolescent drug dealer getting shot and killed.

In 1995 at the age of 8, wrapped around his fathers shoulders, Kendrick would watched his future mentor Dr. Dre and 2pac film the music video for California Love, (just down the street from Kendricks house at the time, "1612 137th St"), which would later be an inspiring factor for young Kendrick to pursue a rap career.

When Kendrick was 8 years old walking home from his school, “McNair Elementary”, he passed by a fast food joint and saw a guy waiting in his car for his order and another male approached the vehicle and shot him right through the window and killed him.

Following the events witnessing several violent tragedies, Kendrick claims, “After that, you just get numb to it.”

Coming up in the early 90s as the west coast gang scene was progressively growing more dangerous, Kendrick’s Uncles on his mothers side were Compton Crips; One of who would serve a 15 year sentence for robbery, his uncle Tony was murdered by a gun shot to the head while at a burger joint and Kendricks other uncle was locked up for robbery as well.

Although Lamar was short, his quickness was what gave him hopes of one day playing in the NBA, However, in the 7th grade he was empowered by the art of poetry. His english teacher Mr. Inge, introduced Kendrick to the literary elements that would later energize his imaginative process and aid him in his expressive talents.






Early 2000s





Kendrick Lamar began with writing stories followed by poems and later he moved on to composing lyrics. As a child, his lyrics would be motivated by the harsh Compton streets he grew up on.

He started jotting down rap lyrics at 13 and was seriously inspired by the success of 50 Cents early mixtapes and began investing a deeper belief in his abilities and started recording.Kendrick would continue to write lyrics days on end. While his parents believed him to be working on homework assignments, young Kendrick would be coming up with poems and lyrics.

When Lamar began high school at Centennial High School (The same high school that Dr.Dre attended), he began rolling with a group of troublesome individuals who were actively involved in committing street crimes.

On one occasion, Kendrick had been shot at, afterwards his mother found him curled up on the lawn crying. Upon finding out the reason why, his parents kicked him out of the house with hopes to shape him up.

Kendricks mother once found a hospital gown drenched with blood, from an incident involving one of the younger members of his crew getting murdered.

As the majority of Kendricks interactions with police were on negative terms, this is a common experience shared by many young black males who are considered to fall under a particular stereotype. Although Kendrick admits that on some occasions him and his friends have been in the wrong, still the police in harsh neighbourhoods in California tend to take matters to the extreme, in many cases drawing weapons and killing these teenagers when the outcome is clearly avoidable.

Kendrick has encountered the police on many circumstances, some including guns been drawn by officers, resulting in Kendrick and his friends running away. Another occasion included Kendrick and his friend Moose were cruising in an eye-catching green Camaro, when the police threw their sirens on and pulled them over. When Moose was not quick enough to provide his license, the police pulled out their pistol and put the beam on Mooses head. Once the ordeal ended, Kendrick recalled driving off shedding tears of anger and frustration.


Lamar has lost many of his companions and close friends to gun violence by gangs, but more unjustly by the police. One instance included a domestic disturbance call, where his friend was encountered by the police while gripping a 10 inch knife and by the account of the police officers the young male ran towards them and that is when they opened fire and murdered him.

At age 16, Kenny (Kendricks father) sat him down and had a serious heart to heart with Kendrick. In this conversation Kendrick would shift paradigms and would change his focus from drinking, smoking and hanging around delinquents to basically, getting his life together.

Around this time, Kendrick quits smoking weed and drinking alcohol and begins his ascending journey to becoming a world renown hip-hop icon.






2003-2005





At age 16, Kendrick distributed a mix tape called, "Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year - Youngest Head Nigga in Charge", that caught a lot of attention on the local scene and outside of his community as well.



Mixtape- Youngest Head Nigga in Charge

Lamars mixtape “Youngest Head Nigga in Charge” would find itself in the hands of “TDE’s” founder, Anthony “Top” Tiffith and he would later have Kendrick come through to the studio to spit his bars in a 2 hour session without a break. Tiffith acted like he was ignoring Kendrick for a good portion of the session to see how he handled himself.

With Jay Rock already being signed to “TDE” two weeks before this audition, the timing was perfect. The two future cohorts would get down to business and started recording right away.

Jay Rock became astounded once hitting the booth with K-dot, when Kendrick wrote his entire verse in his head and memorized it in 5 minutes. Meanwhile Jay Rock resorted to the traditional pen and pad like 99% of hip hop artists. Immediately Rock knew Lamar was a one of a kind genius and in his own words as he recalls the event, he says “He was like the world’s oldest teenager”, meaning that Kendrick was seriously invested and his maturity is far beyond his time.

This project proved Kendricks talents worthy of a position on the Carson label, "Top Dogg Entertainment".

When Kendrick was 17 years old, he had a brief meeting with Jay-Z. Unknown to many, Lamar had been sign with Def Jam. While signed on with the label he hit up the studio and to his recollection it was one of those situations where he was simply not ready to meet the expectations of the label.

He went on to release the well respected mixtape, "Training Day" which features a track list of 26 bangers.



Mixtape - Training Day






2006





Performed as an opening act for The Game and was featured on The Games tracks, "The Cypha" and "Cali Niggaz"






2009




Lamar released “C4” his 3rd mixtape, Inspired by “Tha Carter 3” LP following being co-signed by Lil Wayne. Lamar dropped the K-Dot alias and began using his own name.


Mixtape - C4



Black Hippy

School Boy Q would come up with the idea of forming a group after his solo career wasn't taking off and with the help of  Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul they would soon give birth the Hip Hop collective, known as Black Hippy.

Formed in South Central, Los Angeles, this talented team of California artists would each bring an individuality unique to their own.


School Boy Q - with close ties to the Crips, Q Introduces listeners to an intense hustler/gangster attitude with various flows, intelligent wordplay and the ability to fluently bounce from topic to topic.

Jay Rock - A Bounty Hunter Blood, shocks the mic with a rugged, flawless and unmistakably hardcore sound. Although Rock carries the essence of an old school emcee, there are certain elements that he demonstrates that are one of a kind and for this he is unlike any emcee in his era, and in California.  

Ab Soul - A spiritually inclined, self reflective emcee, whose dynamic approach proves metaphorical ingenious while pushing the bounds of imagination. From powerful messages of Self growth to civil disobedience, to abstract concepts of metaphysical realms and the inner glow of humans, Soul brings a depth that sheds light on the surreal and realistic faces of society.

And of course,

Kendrick Lamar - An introspective, new school born leader, often referred to as the greatest emcee of his time, a title that he has earned through expressing the dark truths that are a part of the cold realities of ghetto life. Inner demons, gang-banging, drug dealing, love and peace are just a few topics that Kendrick goes into depth about through his personal as well as omniscient viewpoints.


Below, listen to a classic 2009 track from the group "On Some Other Shit". 






2010





Throughout 2010 K-Dot would join his fellow label mate Jay Rock as well as Tech nine, E-40 and Kutt Calhoun on the Independent Grind Tour.

On September 14th, 2010 he would go on to release “Pussy & Patron 1.5” Featuring Ab-Soul of Black Hippy and If "P&P 1.5" wasn’t enough to please his fans, on the same date he put out his fourth mixtape, "Overly Dedicated".



Mixtape - Overly Dedicated 






2011





On July 2nd, Kendrick Lamar released his first full-length independent album under Top Dawg Entertainment. Titled Section.80, it was released exclusively on iTunes.



Album - Section.80

Kendrick began catching a major buzz with this expressive introduction to the industry, thanks to songs like, “Hii Power”, “Ronald Reagan Era” and “ADHD”.

Kendrick would tour and collaborate with more popular recording artists such as Young Jeezy, The Game, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne.

This year marks the point when Dr. Dre would initially become Kendricks mentor in both music and business. Paul Rosenberg introduced Dr.Dre to Kendricks music and from there, Dre contacted Kendrick after seeing the Video for, "Ignorance is Bliss". With Black Hippy backing Kendrick, the TDE united super group would sign both independently and as solo artists under TDE and Interscope via Aftermath Records.






2012





Dr. Dre signed him to his independent record label, Aftermath Entertainment, in a joint venture with Top Dawg, where Kendricks contract earns him $1.7 million.

October 2012  His major debut album, “Good Kid, m.A.A.d city" which
featured “Swimming Pools” “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” and “Poetic Justice” would place this masterpiece #2 on the USA Billboard 200’s Chart and had been certified platinum by RIAA.



Debut Album - Good Kid, m.A.A.d city






2013





Although the album had been nominated for over 7 categories for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, for “good kid, m.A.A.d. city”, Kendrick would not receive any awards.

MTV named Kendrick Lamar the #1 “Hottest MC in the Game” on their yearly chart. Lamar would open up for Kanye West at the Staples centre as a headliner on the “Yeezus tour.

On December 06, Dr Dre and Kendrick Lamar would collaborate on a promotional Dre Beats commercial that features both of the artists working on an upcoming project.







2014





Released the track “i” a 57th annual Grammy award winning single, which made him a victor for the “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song” award.

Later this year Lamar would establish ties with Taylor Swift and collaborate on “Bad Blood”, a hit off of Swift’s “1989” album. Later the video would find itself a #1 spot on the “Hot 100”.

In December Kendrick was fitted as a Rebook endorser and joined forces with the brand for a short film. Kendrick felt this was a great opportunity to reach out to children in rough communities, as Reebok is known for their involvement in aiding the youth.

Kendrick takes a huge step towards his personal growth when he confronts his demons in front of the world and shows his vulnerable side when he admits his insecurities and depression on the Grammy winning single “i”. This reveals not only the deep psychological troubles that Lamar faces in his own life, but he has created a platform for others, available to share similar experiences, reminding themselves that they are indeed not alone in the battle.







2015





Kendrick released his 3rd studio album “To Pimp a Butterfly” which was released a week earlier than expected, due to some kind of accidental digital error. Toping USA and UK charts, selling over 325,000 copies within the first week, this album would reach #1 on the Billboard’s 200’s chart and become his first album to do so.



Album - To Pimp a Butterfly

Named “The Years Best Album” by Rolling Stone magazine, praised by many for its extremely honest content and its un-ignorable political subject matter with “black cultured” themed concepts, this album will be regarded not only as a piece of musical art-work, but as a historical revolutionary strike against some of the most serious social issues that exist in black America and around the world today.






2016





Released “Untitled Unmastered”, featuring a variety of unreleased demos that did not make the cut for “To Pimp a Butterfly”



Album - Untitled Unmastered

untitled unmastered.


Receiving 11 Grammy nominations at the 58th annual Grammy Awards in February of 2016, the highest amount out of any other nominee of the year, “To Pimp a Butterfly” landed him five Grammy Awards, which include: Best Rap Song, Best Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

The humbling character of “Kendrick Lamar” has stayed true to his roots and lives what he speaks. Up to this point, he has not made any outrageous purchases with his fortune, Kendrick lives in a three level condominium which he rents in the South Bay. His largest buy is an appropriate sized suburban home just east of Los Angeles, which was bought for his mother and father. It was not easy in convincing his parents to move out of section 80 housing complex where they raised Kendrick, but eventually they found comfort in the gesture and now reside comfortably in their new house.





Interesting Facts About Kendrick Lamar:


Attended Centennial High School

He is a Gemini

At a young age both of his parents worked fast food jobs to pay the bills

Won over 7 grammy awards

Inspired by Micheal Jordans ability to do anything

His dad took him to the swap meet every weekend for as long as he could remember.

His family was assisted financially through welfare

Got engaged to his long loved high school sweetheart

The track, "F*ck Your Ethnicity" was inspired by racial diversity of fans at his concerts





Kendrick Lamar Featured Artists and Collaborations

¡MAYDAY!

2 Chainz

211

8 Ounz

A Da Bu$iness

A$AP Illz

A$AP Rocky

Ab-Soul

Ace Hood

Action Bronson

Adam Levine

Add-2

Alex Ruffin

Alicia Keys

Allan Kingdom

Alori Joh

Ammo

Anderson .Paak

Andre Nickatina 

Angela McCluskey

Anna Wise

Ash Riser

B-Boyz 

B. Martin

B.o.B

Bad Lucc

Bangloose

Bash

Benny Benassi

Big KRIT

Big Scoob

Big Sean 

Big Sean

Big Steele 

Big Wy

Bilal

Bill Thrill

Birdman 

BJ The Chicago Kid

Black Hippy

Blessed

Blu Dru

Bridget Kelly

Brittany Street

Brown

Bryan Roberts

Bun B

C-San

Candice Pillay 

Canei Finch

Cannon

Casey Veggies

Chace Infinite

Chance The Rapper

Chantal Kreviazuk

Childish Gambino

Chris Brown

Ciel Viole

Cisco

Colin Munroe

Colin Tilley

Crooked I

Curren$y

CurT@!n$

CyHi The Prynce

Danny Brown

Detail

DJ Khaled

DJ Quik

Dom Kennedy

Donald Trump

Dope Boy Esko

Dr. Dre 

Drake

DUBB

E-40

Eastwood

Eddie Peake

Emeli Sandé

Emily Main

Eminem

Emjae

Eshon Burgundy

Filnobep

Frank Ocean

Fredo Santana

Freeway

French Montana

Ft. Busta Rhyme

Future

Gee Watts

George Clinton 

Giddy

Glasses Malone

GLMeLo-X

GQ

Gucci Mane

Gudda Gudda

Gunplay 

Hassan

Hitta J3

Hittman

Honey Cocaine

Hopsin

Imagine Dragons

Isaiah Rashad

J Capri

J Gy$A 

J-Lie

J. Cole

Jadakiss

Jairus ‘J-Mo’ Mozee

James Fauntleroy

JaVonté

Jay Electronica

Jay Rock

Jay Z

Jeremih

Jhené Aiko

Jidenna

Joe Budden

Joey BADA$$

Juicy J

Justus

Kanin

Kanye West

Kendall Morgan 

KG

Kid Cudi

Kid Kirby

Kidd Kidd

King Mez

Kobe

Kris Stephens

Kurupt

Lady Gaga

Lance Davies

Latoiya Williams

Laws

Lea

Lecrae

Lil B

Lil Louie

Lil Wayne

Lloyd

Ludacris

Lyn Charles

Mac Miller

Machine Gun Kelly

Mack Daddy 

Mack Maine

Mark Morrison

Marsha Ambrosius

Mary J. Blige

Mass Appeal

Mayer Hawthorne

MC Eiht

Meek Mill

Melo Kan

Mickey Factz

Microphone Tone

Mistah F.A.B.

Murs

Mykestro

Mystika

Naledge

Natalie Lauren

Nipsey Hu$$le

Nitty Scott

NJV

Nu Jerzey Devil

Omar Cruz

Oobergeek

Overdoz

Pac Div

Papoose

Paul McCartney

Plies

Privaledge

Pro'Verb

Problem

Punch

Pusha T

Rapper Big Pooh

Rapsody

Ras Kass

Rich Gang 

Rick Ross

Robin Thicke

Roccett

Ron Isley

Roscoe Umali

Royce Da 5'9"

Rozzi Crane

Sampha

Scarface

ScHoolboy Q

Scoe 

Sebastian Kim

Shalonda

Shawn Chrystopher

Shwayze

Sigidy

Sinful

Skeme

Skewby

Smoke DZA

Smoov-E

Snoop Dogg

Sophie Stern

Spider Loc

Stalley

SZA

T.I. 

T.K

Talib Kweli

Tame Impala

Tank

Taylor Swift

TDE

Tech N9ne 

Tha Warchild

The Game

The Kid Daytona


The Winners Circle

Theophilus London

Thundercat

Thurz

Tiana Ostler

Tools

Topic

Trae tha Truth 

Tyga

VeEg

Victoria Monét

Vincent Maggiano

Wale

Warren G

will.i.am

Wiz Khalifa

XV

Xzibit

Y-O

Ya Boy

Yelawolf

YG

Young Jeezy

Young Keno

ZZ Ward





Kendrick Lamar Producers & DJs:

9th Wonder

A Tribe Called Quest

A$AP Ty Beats

Adrian Younge

Alex Da Kid
20syl

Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson

Antydote

Astronote

Avicii

Bam

Bangladesh

Best Kept Secret

Big Boi

Bizness Boi

Boi-1da

Bongo the Drum GAHD

BrandUn DeShay

Broken Equipment Productions

by Skhye Hutch

C-SICK  

Canei Finch

Cardiak

Cardo 

Chaos
OG Ron C

Chase N. Cashe

Chordz 3D 

Chris Calor

Cirkut 

Clark Rubber

Cool & Dre

Craze & Hoax

Curtiss King

Curtiss King

Cy Fyre

D.R.U.G.S BEATS

Dae One

Daniel "Keys" Perez

Darren Romanelli

Davaughn
ItsbyDzyne

Dave Free

David Guetta

Deezle

Dem Joint

Dernst “D’Mile” Emile

Detail

DJ Battlecat

DJ Dahi

DJ Don Cannon

DJ Ill Will

DJ Infamous

DJ Khalil

DJ Skee

Dr. Dre 

Dr. Luke

Drake

Drew Correa

Droop-E

Egypt Dean

El-P

Erratic

Fallen Angel 

Fernando Garibay

Fisticuffs

Flippa 

Flying Lotus

Focus...

Frank Dukes

G Koop

Geeda

George Clinton

Hans Zimmer

Hit-Boy

Iman Omari

Insanul Ahmed

J Dilla

J. Cole

J.LBS

Jack Splash

Jairus ‘J-Mo’ Mozee

James Nelson

Jay Z

Jesus

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis

Jonathan Emile

Just Blaze

Kanye West

KcChopz

Ke'noe

Keith The Beast

Khrysis

Kid Cudi

King Blue

Knxwledge

Lance Davies

Larrance Dopson

Like

Louie Vega

LoveDragon

Mackwop

Madlib

Maestro

Mark Henry

Marlon "Chordz" Barrow

Matthew Burnett

Max Martin

MAYDAY! 

MC Wike

Mike "Emaydee" Dupree

Mike Dean

Mike WiLL Made It

Milly McMahon

Mojam

Mr Smith

Nard&B

Needlz

Neffu

Neptunes

No I.D.

Noah “40” Shebib

Nosaj Thing

Nottz

Pharrell Williams

Phonix Beats

Play-N-Skillz

Pro Logic

Rahki

Ralfy "FAFA" Valencia

Rick Rubin

Ritz Reynolds

Roosevelt

Rottweiler

Ryan Clement

Salaam Remi

Scoop DeVille

Sega

Seven

Shellback

Shizzy Sixx

Skhye Hutch

Skill Still Appeal

SmokeyGotBeatz

Solange

Sounwave

Statmajor

Stelios Phili

Stephen Kozmeniuk

Still in book

Supa Dups

Swiff D

Swizz Beatz

Syk Sense

T-Minus

T.H.C

Tabu

Tae Beast

Tapez

Tarentino

Taz Arnold

TDE

Terrace Martin

THANKGOD4CODY

The Olympicks

The Real DJ Kings

The Roots

Thundercat

Tommy Black

Ty Dolla $ign

Tyshon

VeEg

Vinylz

Willie B

Willie B
Harold Adegbiji

Wyldfyer

Yung Boys World

Yung Exclusive

Zeroxdan





Kendrick Lamar Albums, Mixtapes, LPs and EPs:



Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year - Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (2003)


Training Day (2005)


C4 (2009)


Overly Dedicated (2010)


Section.80 (2011)


Good Kid, m.A.A.d city (2012)


To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)


Untitled Unmastered (2016)

untitled unmastered.





Kendrick Lamar Songs & Videos:






Kendrick Lamar Singles:

I - 2015

Alright - 2015

Swimming Pools - 2012

King Kunta - 2015

m.A.A.d city - 2012

u - 2015

Bitch, Don 't Kill My Vibe [Explicit] 2012

How Much a Dollar Cost - 2015

Money Trees - 2012

Poetic Justice - 2012

Backseat Freestyle - 2012

The Blacker The Berry - 2015

These Walls - 2015

Rigamortis 2011

The Recipe - 2012

A.D.H.D - 2011

Sing About Me / I’m Dying of Thirst - 2012

Untitled 2 - 2016

Wesley’s Theory - 2015

Cartoon & Cereal - 2012

Hood Politics - 2015

HiiiPoWeR - 2011

For Free? - 2015

The Art of Peer Pressure [Explicit] - 2012

The Spiteful Chant - 2011

Mortal Man - 2015

Blow My High - 2011

Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter - 2012

You Ain't Gotta Lie - 2015

The Jig Is Up - 2014 Westside, Right On Time - 2012

Keisha's Song - 2011





Kendrick Lamar Interviews:













Films/Tv Shows/Concerts/Documentaries:










Kendrick Lamar Freestyles/ Cyphers:
















Kendrick Lamar Concert Tickets and Tour Dates:


Kendrick Lamar
Upcoming Dates




Kendrick Lamar Instrumentals:


Kendrick Lamar Instrumentals, a playlist by joevetica on Spotify




Kendrick Lamar Quotes:


“My pops did whatever he could to get money. He was in the streets. You know the story.” “I remember always walking to the government building with mom. We got our food stamps fast because we lived across the street,” “I didn’t know it was hard times because they always had my Christmas present under the tree and for my birthday.”

"People are used to music that justifies street culture but something that's not touched on is why these kids act the way they act, live the way they live."

"I'm going to be 100 percent real with you," "In all my days of schooling, from preschool all the way up to 12th grade, there was not one white person in my class. Literally zero."
"Imagine only discovering that when you're 25, You're around people you don't know how to communicate with. You don't speak the same lingo. It brings confusion and insecurity. Questioning how did I get here, what am I doing? That was a cycle I had to break quick. But at the same time, you're excited, because you're in a different environment. The world keeps going outside the neighborhood."

"The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It's scary."

"The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know that you're making a mistake but let you go on with it, that's when it ruins your mind state as an artist."





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