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Overview (4)

Born in Compton, California, USA
Birth NameKendrick Duckworth
Nicknames K-Dot
Kung-fu Kenny
King Kendrick
King Kunta
K-Dizzle
Kendrick Llama
K. Montana
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kendrick Lamar is a hip-hop artist from Compton, California. He's signed with Dr. Dre's label, Aftermath. Kendrick also has his own label, known as 'Top Dawg Entertainment', with includes artists such as Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and Ab Soul. Kendrick's major label debut album, 'good kid m.A.A.d city' is already known as a classic and was only released in late 2012. His Music is influenced by the great artists such as Snoop Dogg, 2 pac, Lil wayne and many more.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lucky.

Trade Mark (2)

Known for unexpectedly switching the beat, melody, voice or flow in the middle of the song
Changes the pitch of his voice to illustrate the narrative. Prime examples: "FEAR.", "m.A.A.d city"

Trivia (16)

Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Jay-Z, and Nas. are his 5 favorite artists.
His mother gave him the name "Kendrick" in honor of singer Eddie Kendricks.
His third album "To Pimp A Butterfly" is the highest rated rap album in Metacritic and the 4th highest ranked album of all time with a score of 96/100.
Rapper with record for most Grammy nominations in one night (11) and second only to Michael Jackson for most Grammy nominations for any artist in one night.
To Pimp a Butterfly is a play on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
To Pimp a Butterfly is considered the best album of 2015. It appears at #1 by 51 publications and is in the top 10 of 50 other publications' year end lists.
Leonardo DiCaprio said he thinks Kendrick is "great".
Was on the set of Dr. Dre and Tupac's "California Love" music video at age 9.
Friends with Lil' Kim.
Earns $250,000 per song feature, but is known to be one of the most frugal celebrities in Hollywood.
Bought his younger sister Kayla a Toyota for her graduation present but oddly, people criticized him for it not being luxurious enough for someone of his financial status.
Banned social media use and other people who aren't in his circle to be in the studio with him because while recording his first album people kept interrupting.
His song "Fear" tells the story of his life at ages 7, 17, and 27, and clocks in at 7 minutes long.
At only 28 years old, Billboard had ranked him as one of the 10 best rappers ever.
Won the Pulitzer Prize in music for his 2017 album "Damn" making the rapper the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the award. [April 2018]
Kendrick Lamar & SZA was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award in the Best Original Song category for their work on "All The Stars" from Black Panther (2018) but lost to Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt & Benjamin Rice for "Shallow" from A Star Is Born (2018).

Personal Quotes (36)

Groups break up because they never got across what they wanted to do personally, and they have creative differences, and egos start to clash.
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.
The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It's scary.
I always thought money was something just to make me happy. But I've learned that I feel better being able to help my folks, 'cause we never had nothing. So just to see them excited about my career is more of a blessing than me actually having it for myself.
I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both.
Sonnymoon and Quadrants are a couple of bands that really inspire me in terms of the melodics of things and certain tones and just what feels good. It takes me back to the type of music that I grew up on in my household. We played a lot of gangsta rap, but we also played a lot of oldies, and I think that mix is part of what inspires my sound.
I knew I was blessed with a gift of having both parents.
People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can't knock it.
At first, I was scared to show fear because you can never be sure how people will perceive you. But I dared myself to do that, to stand out. Now I'll talk about being beaten up or robbed or making a stupid decision because of a girl or whatever.
I've got an extra-specific story about Dr. Dre. I saw him when I was 9 years old in Compton - him and Tupac. They were shooting the second 'California Love' video. My pops had seen him and ran back to the house and got me, put me on his neck, and we stood there watching Dre and Pac in a Bentley.
It's a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve.
I always tell people that if I move anywhere it would be Toronto.
I think my vice would be outdoing myself.
I'm constantly thinking.
I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.
Sometimes you have the trends that's not that cool. You may have certain artists portraying these trends and don't really have that lifestyle, and then it gives off the wrong thing. And it becomes kinda corny after awhile. It's really about keeping hip-hop original and pushing away the corniness in it.
I'm sticking to the script, I'm putting that organic feeling back in the game.
It's easy to forget who you are.
As long as my music is real, it's no limit to how many ears I can grab.
I like to let things breathe.
God to me is love.
When you go on your Twitter or look down your Timeline and it's all great positivity - I love that. But at the same time, it can really divert you from what your purpose is or what you're trying to do. And I've seen artists get caught up in that.
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.
My mom's one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton.
If I'm gonna tell a real story, I'm gonna start with my name.
My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop.
I'm putting out this free music, constantly putting it out.
From the moment I started writing raps, I was always aware of the pressure. I always wanted to live up to how huge Snoop got, how huge Dre got, how huge Pac got. I was always aware.
I don't vote. I don't do no voting.
I can't help the way you was born if you was gay.
I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place.
My pops and my mom started playing Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers and all these people, but at the same time, they always had Snoop on right behind it in the same mix.
I always felt like there was a certain standard of music that I had to do from the beginning, even when I didn't have the recognition that I have now.
I'm selfish.
My folks ain't graduated from high school or nothing like that, so we always had to struggle in the family - and I come from a big family.
I don't really believe in the type of pressure that people are wanting to put on the type of music that I make.

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