Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Since his mainstream debut in 2012 with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Lamar has been regarded as one of the most influential rappers of his generation. Aside from his solo career, he is also known as a member of the hip hop supergroup Black Hippy alongside his Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) label-mates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q.

Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K.Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment. He began to gain recognition in 2010 after his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, he independently released his first studio album, Section.80, which included his debut single "HiiiPoWeR". By that time, he had amassed a large online following and collaborated with several prominent hip hop artists.

Lamar's major label debut album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. It was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His third album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) incorporated elements of funk, soul, jazz, and spoken word. It became his first number one album on the Billboard 200, and was the most acclaimed album of the 2010s, according to statistics from Metacritic. It was followed by Untitled Unmastered (2016), a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the recording sessions for To Pimp a Butterfly. He released his fourth album, Damn (2017) to further acclaim; its lead single "Humble" topped the US Billboard Hot 100, while the album became the first non-classical and non-jazz album to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music. In 2018, he wrote and produced 14 songs for the soundtrack to the superhero film Black Panther, which also received critical acclaim.

Lamar has received many accolades over the course of his career, including 13 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, 11 MTV Video Music Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and an Academy Award nomination. In 2012, MTV named him the Hottest MC in the Game on their annual list. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. In 2015, he received the California State Senate's Generational Icon Award. Three of his studio albums have been listed in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020).

family ties (with Kendrick Lamar)

family ties (with Kendrick Lamar)

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The Mantra

The Mantra

November 14, 2018

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Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By

Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By

February 9, 2018

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King's Dead (with Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake)

King's Dead (with Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake)

January 12, 2018

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All The Stars (with SZA)

All The Stars (with SZA)

January 4, 2018

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DAMN. COLLECTORS EDITION.

DAMN. COLLECTORS EDITION.

December 8, 2017

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HUMBLE. (SKRILLEX REMIX)

HUMBLE. (SKRILLEX REMIX)

September 29, 2017

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DAMN.

DAMN.

April 14, 2017

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The Heart Part 4

The Heart Part 4

March 24, 2017

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The Greatest (KDA Remix)

The Greatest (KDA Remix)

January 4, 2017

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untitled 07 | levitate

untitled 07 | levitate

March 23, 2016

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untitled unmastered.

untitled unmastered.

March 4, 2016

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These Walls

These Walls

October 16, 2015

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Alright

Alright

October 16, 2015

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To Pimp A Butterfly

To Pimp A Butterfly

March 16, 2015

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Swimming Pools (Drank) [Black Hippy Remix]

Swimming Pools (Drank) [Black Hippy Remix]

March 10, 2015

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County Building Blues

County Building Blues

March 10, 2015

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i

September 23, 2014

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Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)

Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix)

January 1, 2013

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Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe

Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe

January 1, 2013

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good kid, m.A.A.d city

good kid, m.A.A.d city

January 1, 2013

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good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe)

good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe)

January 1, 2013

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Push Thru (feat. Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y)

Push Thru (feat. Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y)

January 1, 2012

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Swimming Pools (Drank)

Swimming Pools (Drank)

January 1, 2012

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Sneak Peek: good kid, m.A.A.d city

Sneak Peek: good kid, m.A.A.d city

January 1, 2012

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My People - Single

My People - Single

August 16, 2011

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Section.80

Section.80

July 2, 2011

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She Needs Me [Remix] (Ringtone)

She Needs Me [Remix] (Ringtone)

November 22, 2010

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Overly Dedicated

Overly Dedicated

September 14, 2010

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September 12, 2021

Freddie Gibbs appears to address Kendrick Lamar on new ‘Vice Lord Poetry’ freestyle

"The earth ain’t big enough for both of us, you gotta get done" The post Freddie Gibbs appears to address Kendrick Lamar on new ‘Vice Lord Poetry’ freestyle appeared first on NME.

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September 11, 2021

Freddie Gibbs Appears to Take Shots at Kendrick Lamar on New Song

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September 10, 2021

Yes, Kendrick Lamar Is Trying to Make ‘Top o’ the Morning’ a Thing

New Baby Keem track "Range Brothers" contains an unusually high number of old-timey greetings from one of the greatest rappers of his generation

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September 10, 2021

Kendrick Lamar Is Finally Back With Baby Keem’s New Track ‘Range Brothers’

Track appears on Keem's The Melodic Blue, also featuring Lamar-assisted "Family Ties" and "Vent"

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September 10, 2021

Kendrick Lamar links up with Baby Keem once again on new track ‘Range Brothers’

Marking the second time the two rappers have linked up following 'Family Ties' The post Kendrick Lamar links up with Baby Keem once again on new track ‘Range Brothers’ appeared first on NME.

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September 10, 2021

Kendrick Lamar Joins Baby Keem on New Song “Range Brothers”: Listen

Lamar also contributes to Keem’s Melodic Blue tracks “Vent” and “Family Ties”

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September 9, 2021

New Leaked Kendrick Lamar Snippet Has Fans Confused - Listen

Is K-Dot creating a new language? Continue reading…

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September 6, 2021

Baby Keem to release new album ‘The Melodic Blue’ this week

The album will include his Kendrick Lamar collaboration 'Family Ties' and his single with Travis Scott 'Durag Activity' The post Baby Keem to release new album ‘The Melodic Blue’ this week appeared first on NME.

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September 6, 2021

Baby Keem Releasing New Album The Melodic Blue This Week

His collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott will feature on the record

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September 6, 2021

Kendrick Lamar fuels new album speculation by registering songs on ASCAP

It comes after the rapper recently announced his final record for longtime label Top Dawg Entertainment The post Kendrick Lamar fuels new album speculation by registering songs on ASCAP appeared first on NME.

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September 4, 2021

New Kendrick Lamar Song Titles Registered With ASCAP

Is Kendrick Lamar dropping his new album soon? Continue reading…

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September 1, 2021

The 6 Best Music Videos of August 2021

From Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem’s eye-popping collage to Magdalena Bay’s Y2K daydreams to Caribou’s tribute to man’s best friend

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August 27, 2021

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar Show Off Their “Family Ties”

On this two-part single, Keem steps out from Kendrick’s shadow, while Kendrick inaugurates a new era.

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August 27, 2021

Halsey, BTS & Megan Thee Stallion, Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar, & More: What’s Your Favorite New Music Release? Vote!

From Halsey's fourth album to BTS and Megan Thee Stallion's new "Butter" remix, which new music release is your favorite? Vote!

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August 27, 2021

Baby Keem, Kendrick Lamar Link Up for New Song ‘Family Ties’

Track arrives with a video featuring Normani

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August 25, 2021

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar Tease New Song “Family Ties”: Listen

A short clip ahead of the track’s arrival on Friday

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August 24, 2021

Baby Keem teases Kendrick Lamar collaboration ‘Family Ties’

The cousins are set to appear on a new track together later this week The post Baby Keem teases Kendrick Lamar collaboration ‘Family Ties’ appeared first on NME.

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August 21, 2021

Top Dawg Entertainment CEO expresses “full support” for Kendrick Lamar as he readies last album for the label

Lamar announced his departure from the label yesterday The post Top Dawg Entertainment CEO expresses “full support” for Kendrick Lamar as he readies last album for the label appeared first on NME.

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August 20, 2021

Kendrick Lamar announces final TDE album in new message to fans

"I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years" The post Kendrick Lamar announces final TDE album in new message to fans appeared first on NME.

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August 20, 2021

Kendrick Lamar Says He’s Producing His “Final TDE Album”

“See you soon enough,” the Pulitzer winner closed a note attributed to “Oklama”

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August 12, 2021

Damon Albarn recalls missed opportunities to collaborate with David Bowie, Prince and more

“Dr. Dre, Prince and Kendrick Lamar… I missed all three of those. All my fault" The post Damon Albarn recalls missed opportunities to collaborate with David Bowie, Prince and more appeared first on NME.

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June 26, 2021

Kendrick Lamar’s California home has gone up for sale

The four-bed, two-and-a-half-bath property is located in Eastvale, CA The post Kendrick Lamar’s California home has gone up for sale appeared first on NME.

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June 21, 2021

Kendrick Lamar Selling His Old House for $800,000

K.Dot is unloading his California home. Continue reading…

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June 15, 2021

Kendrick Lamar Headlining Day N Vegas Festival in Only 2021 Appearance

Kendrick Lamar will perform a career-spanning set at his only show of 2021 at November's Day N Vegas Festival.

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June 15, 2021

Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Tyler, the Creator lead 2021 Day N Vegas lineup

The rap-oriented festival returns after a year's absence this November The post Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Tyler, the Creator lead 2021 Day N Vegas lineup appeared first on NME.

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June 14, 2021

Kendrick Lamar to Headline Day N Vegas Festival 2021

Travis Scott and Tyler, the Creator are also headlining the November festival

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June 2, 2021

The Game says Kendrick Lamar is returning “real soon”

Lamar's label Top Dawg Entertainment reportedly said he is poised to return with "some shit real soon" The post The Game says Kendrick Lamar is returning “real soon” appeared first on NME.

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May 24, 2021

Top Hip-Hop Songs From the Year You Graduated High School

50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Bone Thugs-N-Hamrony, Fetty Wap, Timbaland, Kid Cudi, B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar and more. Continue reading…

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May 7, 2021

Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Isaiah Rashad drops new single, ‘Lay Wit Ya’

Fans had previously speculated the label would drop new Kendrick Lamar material The post Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Isaiah Rashad drops new single, ‘Lay Wit Ya’ appeared first on NME.

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May 3, 2021

Rumours emerge of new Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar collaboration

It comes as Kendrick's label Top Dawg Entertainment recently teased a forthcoming announcement The post Rumours emerge of new Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar collaboration appeared first on NME.

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