38 Facts About Kendrick Lamar


Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born on June 17,1987 and is an American rapper and songwriter.


Kendrick Lamar quickly garnered local attention which led to him signing a recording contract with Top Dawg Entertainment in 2005.


Kendrick Lamar was named MTV's Hottest MC in the Game in 2012.


In 2015, Kendrick Lamar received the California State Senate's Generational Icon Award.


Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born on June 17,1987, in Compton, California, to Paula Oliver, a McDonald's worker, and Kenneth "Kenny" Duckworth, a KFC worker.


Kendrick Lamar's parents were from the South Side of Chicago and relocated to Compton three years before his birth due to his father's affiliation with the Gangster Disciples.


Kendrick Lamar subsequently released a self-titled extended play in late 2009.


On February 15,2012, a song by Kendrick Lamar titled "Cartoon and Cereal," featuring fellow American rapper Gunplay, was leaked online.


In February 2012, it was announced that Fader had enlisted both Kendrick Lamar and Detroit-based rapper Danny Brown, to appear on the cover of the magazine's Spring Style issue.


In March 2012, MTV announced that Kendrick Lamar had signed a deal with Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment, marking the end of his career as an independent artist.


On January 26,2013, Kendrick Lamar performed the album's first singles "Swimming Pools " and "Poetic Justice" on NBC's sketch comedy and variety show, Saturday Night Live.


On February 22,2013, Kendrick Lamar released the video for "Poetic Justice," the Janet Jackson-sampling collaboration with Canadian rapper Drake.


On September 6,2013, American recording artist and record producer Kanye West announced he would be headlining his first solo tour in five years, in support of his sixth album Yeezus, with Kendrick Lamar accompanying him on tour.


On October 15,2013, Kendrick Lamar won five awards at the BET Hip Hop Awards, including Album of the Year and Lyricist of the Year.


On September 23,2014, Kendrick Lamar released "i" as the first single from his third album.


On November 15,2014, Kendrick Lamar appeared on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest, where he performed "i" and "Pay for It," appearing alongside Jay Rock.


On December 17,2014, Kendrick Lamar debuted a new untitled song on one of the final episodes of The Colbert Report.


In early 2015, Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his song "i" at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.


On May 17,2015, Kendrick Lamar featured on the official remix of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift's song "Bad Blood," as well as appearing in the music video.


On March 4,2016, Kendrick Lamar released a compilation album Untitled Unmastered, containing eight untitled tracks, each dated.


On March 23,2017, Kendrick Lamar released a promotional single "The Heart Part 4".


In January 2018, Kendrick Lamar's song publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music began to expire; TDE was seeking $20 to $40 million for the rapper's catalogue.


On February 13,2022, Lamar headlined the Super Bowl LVI halftime show alongside Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Mary J Blige, which won him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.


Drake later went on to say that he acknowledged the lines in Kendrick Lamar's cypher were for him and that it wasn't enough for him to prepare a response before saying they haven't seen each other since the BET cypher.


In June 2016, former NFL player and broadcast show host Marcellus Wiley alleged that on his ESPN show, Drake or Kendrick Lamar had given an interview in which they started "talking noise" and claimed that they had problems with the other individual.


Kendrick Lamar proceeded to insult rappers who have ghostwriters in an interview with Rolling Stone in August 2015.


Kendrick Lamar began executive producing music videos in 2020 with Baby Keem's "Hooligan".


In July 2018, Kendrick Lamar made his acting debut in the fifth season of the Starz drama series Power, portraying a Dominican drug addict named Laces.


Kendrick Lamar's casting stemmed from his friendship with rapper 50 Cent, who stars in and executive produces the series.


Kendrick Lamar's performance was praised by critics and viewers, and earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series.


Kendrick Lamar's work has earned universal acclaim from music critics, industry peers, and cultural figures.


Kendrick Lamar has been named by numerous media outlets as one of the most influential artists of the 2010s, with Billboard listing him as one of the greatest rappers of all time.


Kendrick Lamar has been credited by NPR Music with the revival of jazz rap, which waned after the 1990s.


Kendrick Lamar's music was used during protests following the 2016 United States presidential election.


On May 11,2015, Kendrick Lamar was honored with the California State Senate's Generational Icon Award by state senator Isadore Hall III for his contributions to music and his community.


Kendrick Lamar has been baptized twice; first when he was 16 and again in 2013, which he announced during his opening set at Kanye West's The Yeezus Tour.


Kendrick Lamar has credited God for his fame and his "deliverance" from crime that often plagued Compton in the 1990s.


Kendrick Lamar later met Obama in January 2016 in promotion of Obama's My Brother's Keeper Challenge.