Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

Biography

Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. A native of Compton, California, Lamar originally rapped as K. Dot and released a series of mixtapes under that name. Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (2003), issued when he was only 16 years old, caught the attention of Top Dawg Entertainment and led to a long-term association that helped raise the rapper's profile. Training Day (2005) and C4 (2009) also preceded his decision to go by his birth name. The latter was issued the same year he became part of Black Hippy -- beside fellow Top Dawg artists Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q -- a group whose members, for the most part, appeared on one another's mixtapes and albums. Overly Dedicated (2010) was the first Kendrick Lamar mixtape and fared well enough to enter Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart that October. His first official album, Section.80 (2011), was released as a digital download the following year and entered the Billboard 200 at number 113.

By that point in his career, Lamar's reputation had been strengthened through guest appearances on dozens of tracks, and he had the support of veteran West Coast stars as well. During a 2011 concert, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Game dubbed him "The New King of the West Coast," a notion Dre endorsed more significantly by signing Lamar to the Aftermath label. Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was released in October 2012 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Three of its singles -- "Swimming Pools (Drank)," "Poetic Justice," and "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" -- reached the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with each one enjoying lengthy stays on playlists of urban U.S. radio stations. More significantly, the album showcased Lamar as an exceptional storyteller capable of making compelling concept albums. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was nominated for five Grammy Awards.

Rather than rest, Lamar remained active during 2013-2014, with touring as well as appearances on tracks by the likes of Tame Impala, 1YG, and fellow Top Dawg affiliate SZA. Early in 2015, he announced that his third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, was due in March, with tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Thundercat, and George Clinton. A technical accident caused the digital album to be released eight days early, but it immediately earned rave reviews and topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 325,000 copies within its first week. It made numerous best-of lists at the end of the year, and earned five Grammy Awards in early 2016. In March, Lamar released untitled unmastered., an eight-track album consisting of demos he'd recorded around the time of To Pimp a Butterfly. Like the previous release, it debuted at number one. Led by "Humble," his first Top Five pop hit, DAMN. followed in April 2017 and likewise entered the Billboard 200 at the top. Remarkably, all 14 of its songs entered the Hot 100.

Discography

Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar EP

Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar EP

Top Dawg Entertainment 2009
Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated

Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated

Top Dawg Entertainment 2010
Kendrick Lamar - Section 80

Kendrick Lamar - Section 80

Top Dawg Entertainment 2011
Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city

Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records 2012
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records 2015
Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered.

Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Records, Interscope Records 2016
Kendrick Lamar - Damn

Kendrick Lamar - Damn

Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records 2017
Kendrick Lamar - Damn. Collectors Edition.

Kendrick Lamar - Damn. Collectors Edition.

Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Records, Interscope Records 2017

Guest Appearances

Balance - We All In
  • Fasho

Balance - We All In

Ayinde Music 2010
Jay Rock - Black Friday
  • Diary Of A Broke N*gga

Jay Rock - Black Friday

Rock The Beat Music 2010
Tech N9ne - All 6's And 7's
  • I Love Music

Tech N9ne - All 6's And 7's

Strange Music 2011
Jay Rock - Follow Me Home
  • Hood Gone Love It

Jay Rock - Follow Me Home

Strange Music, Top Dawg Entertainment, RBC Records 2011
ScHoolboy Q - Setbacks
  • Birds & THe Beez

ScHoolboy Q - Setbacks

Top Dawg Entertainment 2011
Casey Veggies - Sleeping In Class
  • Ridin' Roun' Town (Remix)

Casey Veggies - Sleeping In Class

Peas & Carrots International, Delicious Vinyl 2011
9th Wonder - The Wonder Years
  • Enjoy (West Coastin')

9th Wonder - The Wonder Years

It's A Wonderful World Music Group, Jamla 2011
Game - The R.E.D. Album
  • The City

Game - The R.E.D. Album

DGC, Interscope Records 2011
Jhené Aiko - Sailing Soul(s)
  • Growing Apart Too

Jhené Aiko - Sailing Soul(s)

Not On Label 2011
Smoke DZA - The Hustlers Catalog
  • How Far We Go (Uptown 81)

Smoke DZA - The Hustlers Catalog

Not On Label 2011
Ab-Soul - Longterm Mentality
  • Moscato

Ab-Soul - Longterm Mentality

Top Dawg Entertainment 2011
Omen - Afraid Of Heights
  • Look Of Lust

Omen - Afraid Of Heights

Not On Label 2011
Birdman & Mack Maine - Billionaire Minds
  • B Boyz

Birdman & Mack Maine - Billionaire Minds

YMCMB 2011
XV - Zero Heroes
  • Textbook Stuff

XV - Zero Heroes

Warner Bros. Records 2011
OverDoz. - Live For, Die For
  • Taking Me Down

OverDoz. - Live For, Die For

Blunnitville 2011
Consequence - Movies On Demand 2
  • Up Against The Wall

Consequence - Movies On Demand 2

Band Camp Records 2011
Smoke DZA - Rolling Stoned
  • Ball Game

Smoke DZA - Rolling Stoned

iHipHop Distribution 2011
Rapsody - For Everything
  • Rock The Bells

Rapsody - For Everything

Jamla 2011
Slim The Mobster - War Music
  • Whose House

Slim The Mobster - War Music

Gang Module, Aftermath Entertainment 2011
E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 3
  • Catch A Fade

E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 3

Heavy On The Grind Entertainment 2012
DJ Drama - Quality Street Music
  • My Way

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music

E1 Music 2012
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
  • Blessed

Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

Top Dawg Entertainment 2012
Ab-Soul - Control System
  • Illuminate

Ab-Soul - Control System

TopDawg Ent. 2012
Mac Miller - Macadelic
  • Fight The Feeling

Mac Miller - Macadelic

Rostrum Records, Most Dope 2012
Dom Kennedy - Yellow Album
  • We Ball

Dom Kennedy - Yellow Album

Not On Label 2012
Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2
  • A1 Everything

Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2

Maybach Music Group 2012
Trae Tha Truth - Tha Blackprint
  • I'm On 2.0

Trae Tha Truth - Tha Blackprint

A.B.N., Grand Hustle, Hoodrich Entertainment 2012
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
  • How Many Drinks?

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

RCA, Bystorm Entertainment, Black Ice Records 2012
Skeme - Alive & Living
  • I Remember

Skeme - Alive & Living

RBC Records 2012
The Game - Jesus Piece
  • See No Evil

The Game - Jesus Piece

DGC Records, Interscope Records 2012
Big Sean - Detroit
  • 100

Big Sean - Detroit

G.O.O.D. Music 2012
DJ Khaled - Kiss The Ring
  • They Ready

DJ Khaled - Kiss The Ring

Cash Money Records, We The Best Music Group 2012
¡Mayday! - Smash And Grab
  • Thanksgiving (¡Mayday! Remix)

¡Mayday! - Smash And Grab

Strange Music 2012
ZZ Ward - Til The Casket Drops
  • Cryin Wolf

ZZ Ward - Til The Casket Drops

Hollywood Records 2012
Big Scoob - Dope Talk Volume 2
  • Energetik

Big Scoob - Dope Talk Volume 2

Hog Style Records 2012
Droop-E - Hungry And Humble
  • Rossi Wine

Droop-E - Hungry And Humble

Sick Wid' It Records 2013
Tech N9ne - Something Else
  • Fragile

Tech N9ne - Something Else

Strange Music 2013
Fredo Santana - Trappin' Ain't Dead
  • Jealous

Fredo Santana - Trappin' Ain't Dead

Savage Squad Records 2013
Ras Kass - Barmageddon
  • Focus

Ras Kass - Barmageddon

Cre8yte Corporation 2013
Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold
  • Triangle Ship

Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold

AKAI Music 2013
Dido - Girl Who Got Away
  • Let Us Move On

Dido - Girl Who Got Away

RCA, Sony Music 2013
J. Cole - Born Sinner
  • Forbidden Fruit

J. Cole - Born Sinner

Dreamville 2013
Quadron - Avalanche
  • Better Off

Quadron - Avalanche

Vested In Culture, Epic 2013
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
  • Give It 2 U

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines

Star Trak Entertainment, Interscope Records 2013
Kid Cudi - Indicud
  • Solo Dolo Part II

Kid Cudi - Indicud

Republic Records 2013
Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
  • Nosetalgia

Pusha T - My Name Is My Name

Def Jam Recordings, Getting Out Our Dreams 2013
A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP
  • 1 Train

A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP

Polo Grounds Music, RCA 2013
The Lonely Island - The Wack Album
  • Yolo

The Lonely Island - The Wack Album

Republic Records 2013
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
  • Love Game

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, Interscope Records 2013
Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Conscious
  • Push Thru

Talib Kweli - Prisoner Of Conscious

Javotti Media 2013
Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go
  • Crime

Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go

Republic Records 2013
Awolnation - Megalithic Symphony
  • Sail (TDE Remix)

Awolnation - Megalithic Symphony

Red Bull Records 2013
Scoe - Tha Influence
  • Thank You Doctor

Scoe - Tha Influence

Not On Label 2013
Rich Gang - Rich Gang
  • 100 Favors

Rich Gang - Rich Gang

Cash Money Records, Republic Records, Young Money Entertainment 2013
Jhené Aiko - Sail Out
  • Stay Ready (What A Life)

Jhené Aiko - Sail Out

Def Jam Recordings, ARTium Recordings 2013
Mike Will Made-It - Ransom
  • Buy The World

Mike Will Made-It - Ransom

Made-It Mafia 2014
Bigg Steele - Skorcezzi
  • My Boombox

Bigg Steele - Skorcezzi

Street Currency Entertainment 2014
YG - My Krazy Life
  • Really Be (Smokin' N Drinkin')

YG - My Krazy Life

Def Jam Recordings 2014
Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold Pulse
  • Poetic Justice (Live In New York)

Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold Pulse

AKAI Music 2014
YG Hootie - Destroy & Rebuild
  • 2 Presidents

YG Hootie - Destroy & Rebuild

LEAP Industries 2014
Black Hippy - Black Hippy
  • I Do It For Hip Hop

Black Hippy - Black Hippy

First Place Records 2014
Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
  • Collard Greens

Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

Top Dawg Entertainment, Interscope Records 2014
Ras Kass - Barmageddon 2.0
  • Focus

Ras Kass - Barmageddon 2.0

Not On Label 2014
Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
  • Radioactive

Imagine Dragons - Night Visions

KIDinaKORNER, Interscope Records 2014
SZA - Z
  • Babylon

SZA - Z

Top Dawg Entertainment 2014
Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
  • Never Catch Me

Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Warp Records 2014
Chris Brown - X
  • Autumn Leaves

Chris Brown - X

RCA, Sony Music 2014
Jasmine V - That's Me Right There
  • That’s Me Right There

Jasmine V - That's Me Right There

Interscope Records 2014
Ab-Soul - Long Term 1 & 2
  • Turn Me Up

Ab-Soul - Long Term 1 & 2

AAA Records 2015
Dr. Dre - Compton
  • Genocide

Dr. Dre - Compton

Aftermath, Interscope Records 2015
Glasses Malone - GlassHouse 2: Life Ain't Nuthin But...
  • Thuggin'

Glasses Malone - GlassHouse 2: Life Ain't Nuthin But...

Division Media Company 2015
Jay Rock - 90059
  • Easy Bake

Jay Rock - 90059

Top Dawg Entertainment 2015
The Game - The Documentary 2
  • On Me

The Game - The Documentary 2

eOne Music 2015
TY Dolla $ign - Free TC
  • LA

TY Dolla $ign - Free TC

Atlantic 2015
Snoop Dogg - Bush
  • I'm Ya Dogg

Snoop Dogg - Bush

Doggy Style Records, i am OTHER, Columbia 2015
Bilal - In Another Life
  • Money Over Love

Bilal - In Another Life

eOne 2015
Mistah F.A.B. - Son Of A Pimp, Pt. 2
  • Survive

Mistah F.A.B. - Son Of A Pimp, Pt. 2

Faeva Afta, EMPIRE 2016
Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade
  • Wat's Wrong

Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade

Top Dawg Entertainment 2016
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
  • Really Doe

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Warp Records 2016
The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)
  • On Me

The Game - The Documentary 2 + 2.5 (Collector's Edition)

eOne Music 2016
Beyoncé - Lemonade
  • Freedom

Beyoncé - Lemonade

Parkwood Entertainment 2016
Frank Ocean - Blonde
  • Skyline To

Frank Ocean - Blonde

Boys Don't Cry 2016
BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind
  • The New Cupid

BJ The Chicago Kid - In My Mind

Motown 2016
Mac Miller - The Divine Feminine
  • God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty

Mac Miller - The Divine Feminine

Warner Bros. Records 2016
DJ Khaled - Major Key
  • Holy Key

DJ Khaled - Major Key

Epic, We The Best Music Group 2016
Sia - This Is Acting
  • The Greatest

Sia - This Is Acting

Monkey Puzzle Records, RCA, Crush Music 2016
Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo
  • No More Parties In LA

Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo

G.O.O.D. MUSIC, Def Jam Recordings 2016
Travis Scott - Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight
  • Goosebumps

Travis Scott - Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight

Grand Hustle, Epic 2016
The Weeknd - Starboy
  • Sidewalks

The Weeknd - Starboy

XO, Republic Records 2016
SZA - Ctrl
  • Doves In The Wind

SZA - Ctrl

Top Dawg Entertainment, RCA 2017
Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
  • Yeah Right

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory

Def Jam Recordings 2017
Thundercat - Drunk
  • Walk On By

Thundercat - Drunk

Brainfeeder 2017
Mike Will Made-It - Ransom 2
  • Perfect Pint

Mike Will Made-It - Ransom 2

Eardrummers Entertainment, Interscope Records 2017
  • The City

YG Hootie - Hubris

LEAP Industries, EMPIRE 2017

Compilations

Various - The New West Vol. 1
  • Fa Sho

Various - The New West Vol. 1

The Mixtape Mobb 2010
Dae One - The 2011 Year In Review: Beats, Rhymes, & Melodies
  • Say Wassup

Dae One - The 2011 Year In Review: Beats, Rhymes, & Melodies

LNS Ent 2011
Various - Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made 2
  • Power Circle

Various - Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made 2

Maybach Music Group, Warner Bros. Records, Def Jam Recordings 2012
Various - Swishahouse Presents From The House 2 Tha Trap
  • Bitch D Kill My Vibe

Various - Swishahouse Presents From The House 2 Tha Trap

Swishahouse 2013
Various - Mo Thugs Records Presents West Coast Bangers, Vol. 2
  • Catch A Fade

Various - Mo Thugs Records Presents West Coast Bangers, Vol. 2

Mo Thugs Records 2013
Dido - Greatest Hits
  • Let Us Move On

Dido - Greatest Hits

RCA, Sony Music 2013
The Worlds Freshest - Boomin System
  • Rossi Wine (Free My Mind)

The Worlds Freshest - Boomin System

Not On Label 2014
Various - Wondaland Presents: The Eephus
  • Classic Man (Remix)

Various - Wondaland Presents: The Eephus

Epic, Wondaland 2015
Ras Kass - Refresher Course 101
  • Only In LA

Ras Kass - Refresher Course 101

Not On Label 2016
Various - Beaches & Bridges - La 2 Da Bay, Vol. 5
  • You Don't Like Me

Various - Beaches & Bridges - La 2 Da Bay, Vol. 5

2Treal Music Group 2017