A brief biography of the most talented & influential rapper today. From his net worth to his music, here’s everything you need to know on Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar: The Humble Beginnings Of The Compton Rapper
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born on June 17th, 1987 in Compton, California. The rapper was born to parents from the city of Chicago, Illinois. Kenny Duckworth, the father of Kendrick Lamar, was a known member of the street gang called the Gangster Disciples. Lamar and his family also had ties to the Bloods, a very prominent and dangerous gang known all around the world and the rival to the Crips. Lamar’s mother gave Kendrick his first name in honor of American singer-songwriter Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations. At the age of eight, in 1995, Lamar watched his idols, Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre, film the music video for their hit single “California Love” in Compton. This proved to be a powerful and significant moment in the life of Kendrick Lamar. Lamar grew up on welfare and lived in section 8 housing. Lamar attended McNair Elementary and Vanguard Learning Center in the Compton Unified School District as a child. Lamar went on to attend Centennial High School in Compton, where he was a straight-A student as a teenager. Lamar is well known for his extremely passionate live performances and his events are always something to behold.
Compton, the city where Kendrick Lamar was born, raised, and continues to live in, serves as a template for a lot of the music made by Lamar. Kendrick Lamar, or K.Dot, reps Compton hard in his powerful albums, including Section.80, Good Kid Maad City, To Pimp A Butterfly, and Damn. Lamar also works very hard in the community and even with becoming one of the most successful artists alive, the rapper has made it a point to show that he will never forget where he came from.
Kendrick Lamar: The Greatest Rapper Alive
The debate over who the GOAT, or Greatest Of All Time, is usually has Lamar in the discussion. It is hard to keep him out of the Top 5, which is impressive, considering that he is only 30 years old and the other names that come up, like The Notorious B.I.G, Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas, and KRS-One started 2 decades before him. Eminem started in the mid-90’s and Lamar got a lot of his style, including different voices and personalities from Eminem, but he is still almost 20 years younger than Marshall Mathers.
Lamar came out blasting with Section.80, and it was with Good Kid Maad City where Kendrick Lamar started to become well-known. He followed his amazing concept album, Good Kid Maad City, with To Pimp A Butterfly, which was another crazy turn for Lamar where he showcased a whole new style as a rapper and storyteller. “Alright” was a huge hit and To Pimp A Butterfly was nominated for over 10 Grammy Awards, and even garnered a few wins. It didn’t take long for Lamar to cement his place in history with his latest album, Damn. Damn is up for 5 Grammy Awards this year and unless they play it safe and hand everything to Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar should have no problem winning a few of the biggest awards of the night.
Kendrick Lamar: Fast Facts Including Black Panther, Whitney Alford, & His Net Worth
Kendrick Lamar has built a net worth of $18 million dollars up to this point in his early career. His shows and events are always guaranteed to fill stadiums and festivals. His net worth will only grow exponentially over the next year with his work as one of the main producers on the soundtrack for the new Marvel Comics film, Black Panther.
Lamar started to gain attention from other rappers when he dropped a verse on a song by Big Sean called “Control”. A lot of rappers took offense to it, while most only took it as a challenge to step their game up. In the verse, Lamar vowed to lyrically “murder” every other up-and-coming rapper. Lamar has been called “a master of storytelling” and has said: “You really can’t categorize my music, it’s human music.” Lamar incorporates many different styles of music in his albums and his passion is unrivaled.
Lamar met his longtime girlfriend, Whitney Alford, in high school. The 10 year relationship from high school into their late 20’s led to Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford becoming engaged in 2015. The singer and rapper of many big hits and albums, including Section.80, Good Kid Maad City, To Pimp A Butterfly, and Damn is slowly becoming regarded as one of the most important artists of his generation. To Pimp A Butterfly won Kendrick Lamar 5 Grammys and he is nominated for 5 more, including Album Of The Year with Damn. Section.80 announced his arrival and Good Kid Maad City is the album that started to make people take notice of Lamar. His net worth will only grow with the Grammys and Black Panther around the corner and everyone, from music fans and critics, to other rappers in the game, will be waiting to see what Kendrick Lamar has lined up next.