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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

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Famous as :

Rapper

Birth Name :

Kendrick Lamar

Birth Date :

June 17, 1987

Birth Place :

Compton, California, USA

Claim to fame :

Album "Section .80" (2011)

Biography


Born on June 17, 1987 in Compton, California, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth enjoyed writing stories and poems as a student, and as time went by he began writing lyrics inspired by the street life in his native where he grew up. When he was 16 years old he began rapping and shopping around a mixtape dubbed "Youngest Head Nigga in Charge" under the moniker of K-Dot. It drew the interest of many and earned him his first record deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, under which he released two other acclaimed mixtapes, "Training Day" (2005) and "C4" (2009). Upon meeting fellow rappers Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, Lamar began performing with them under the name of Black Hippy.

By the time Lamar released his fourth mixtape "Overly Dedicated", he dropped the K-Dot moniker and began using the shorten version of his name, Kendrick Lamar. In the same year, he exclusively released his first solo album "Section.80" on iTunes under Top Dawg Entertainment. The record paved Lamar's path to collaborate with already famous names, like Young Jeezy, The Game, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. He then caught the attention of Dr. Dre who subsequently took him under his wings and willingly became his music and business mentor.

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Chris Brown Turns Into a Samurai in 'Autumn Leaves' Video Ft. Kendrick Lamar

January 23, 2015 04:12:56 GMT

has released a music video for "Autumn Leaves". Hitting Vevo on Thursday, January 22, the Japanese-inspired cinematic visuals finds the R&B superstar playing a sword-wielding samurai who's trying to win the heart of a beautiful geisha depicted by his on-again/off-again girlfriend .
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Videos: The Game Brings Out Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar for 10th Anniversary Concert in L.A.

January 20, 2015 04:53:13 GMT

's debut album "" turned 10 this year. To celebrate it, the rapper took over The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles for a special concert on Sunday night, January 18 and invited some of his famous pals to perform with him on the stage.
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MTV to Go Black and White on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19, 2015 01:45:13 GMT

MTV is going black and white on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The network will turn off the color for 12 hours on Monday, January 19 as part of its #TheTalk campaign to encourage people to talk about race.
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Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5 to Headline 2015 Bonnaroo Fest

January 14, 2015 03:42:22 GMT

The full line-up of the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was revealed on Tuesday, January 13. is among the performers for the four-day event that will return to Manchester, Tennessee from June 11 to June 14.
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Azealia Banks Launches Twitter Rants Against Kendrick Lamar for His Ferguson Comments

January 10, 2015 04:50:42 GMT

took to Twitter on Friday, January 9 to blast for his comments on Ferguson in new Billboard cover interview. In his interview, Kendrick said, "What happened to [Michael Brown] should've never happened. Never. But when we don't have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don't start with just a rally, don't start from looting - it starts from within."
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Kendrick Lamar Defends Iggy Azalea: Let Her Do Her Thing

January 09, 2015 02:52:32 GMT

is totally on team . Amid mounting criticism about the "Fancy" hitmaker's music and race, the Compton spitter defended her during an interview with Billboard magazine for its latest cover story.
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Video: Kendrick Lamar Premieres New Song on 'Colbert Report'

December 17, 2014 07:38:39 GMT

was the final musical guest on "". The rapper treated viewers to a never-heard-before song during his appearance on the chat show on Tuesday night, December 16
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'The Colbert Report' Enlists Seth Rogen, Kendrick Lamar and Grimmy as Final Guests

December 12, 2014 02:34:41 GMT

has announced the guests for the final episodes of "". The comedian, who will soon move to CBS, will end the Comedy Central show after a nine-year run with the Death.
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Video: Kendrick Lamar Rocks 'Saturday Night Live'

November 16, 2014 18:53:39 GMT

was a musical guest on "" over the weekend. He first performed his solo song "I" before returning on stage to deliver "Pay for It" with Jay Rock and . He also made a cameo in a sketch "Young Tarts & Old Farts" that mocked 's collaboration with .
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Kendrick Lamar Releases 'i' Music Video

November 05, 2014 04:25:01 GMT

has premiered the official music video for his newest single "i". Directed by Alexandre Moors, it opens with the rapper appearing in a dark club before he takes over the streets while leading the crowd in a new kind of dance.
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Video: Kendrick Lamar Performs at Concert to Celebrate LeBron James' Return to the Cavaliers

October 31, 2014 08:22:41 GMT

helped celebrate ' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers by performing some of his songs before a game against the New York Knicks. The Compton rapper's performance was a part of TNT and Samsung's Coming Home Concert which was held outside of the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night, October 30.
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Video: Prince Joined by Kendrick Lamar for 'What's My Name' During Albums Release Party

October 02, 2014 07:58:14 GMT

teamed up with Yahoo! to throw a party to celebrate the release of his two new albums, "" and "". During the event held at the historic Paisley Park studios, the iconic singer took the stage to perform some tracks and he brought out to help him sing one of them.
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Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Single 'i'

September 24, 2014 02:46:05 GMT

's new single is finally here. The track simply titled "i", which fans had been anticipating since being announced a week ago, finally premiered on radio and hit the web via Top Dawg Entertainment's SoundCloud page on Tuesday, September 23.
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Kendrick Lamar's New Single 'I' to Arrive Next Week

September 18, 2014 04:03:18 GMT

New music from is coming very soon. On Wednesday, September 17, the rapper took to Twitter to reveal the cover art of what may be the lead single off his upcoming sophomore album.
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Kendrick Lamar Says Taylor Swift Supports His Music and Hip-Hop Culture

September 15, 2014 04:55:08 GMT

has responded to the comments made by about his music. The country-turned-pop star, who covered the latest edition of Rolling Stone, said in an accompanying interview that the rapper's "Backseat Freestyle" was her "go-to" song to feel good.
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Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Ft. Kendrick Lamar Leaks in Full

September 11, 2014 06:56:36 GMT

Less than a week before 's "X" officially hits the stores, a track off the highly-anticipated record unexpectedly hit the web on Wednesday, September 10. Titled "Autumn Leaves", the leaked song features guest verse from rapper .
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Kendrick Lamar Sued for $1M Over Illegal Sample on 'Rigamortis'

September 04, 2014 08:41:53 GMT

has been accused of featuring illegal sample on one of his tracks. TMZ has reported that jazz musicians Eric Reed and Willie Jones III are suing the rapper, claiming he stole their 2010 song called "The Thorn" for his "Rigamortis".
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Video: Kendrick Lamar Does Karaoke of Eminem and Jay-Z's Tracks

July 05, 2014 05:42:40 GMT

A video of doing karaoke of some classic rap songs was recently released by XXL. Shot while he was visiting XXL's office, the black-and-white clip shows the Compton rapper performing 's "My Name Is" and 's "Big Pimpin' ".
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Alicia Keys Performs 'It's on Again' With Kendrick Lamar on 'Tonight Show'

April 28, 2014 04:27:07 GMT

joined forces with to perform their collaboration, "It's on Again", when they recently hit the stage of "". The performance opened with the Compton MC sitting on the stage while spitting his bars.
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Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Take Over NY in 'It's on Again' Music Video

April 15, 2014 03:06:49 GMT

has unveiled the music video for "It's on Again", a song that she recorded for the soundtrack of "". The R&B diva isn't alone in the clip as collaborators , and Hans Zimmer all make guest appearances.
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Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar Debut 'It's on Again' From 'Amazing Spider- Man 2'

April 01, 2014 04:27:54 GMT

It has been revealed that has joined forces with for the soundtrack of "". Also featuring contributions from super producer and composer Hans Zimmer, the singer and the rapper's collaboration called "It's on Again" finally arrived in full on Monday, March 31.
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Alicia Keys Joins Forces With Kendrick Lamar for 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Soundtrack

March 12, 2014 04:11:43 GMT

has teamed up with , and Hans Zimmer for a new track called "It's On Again". The song will appear in the soundtrack of upcoming movie "".
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Kendrick Lamar Praises Macklemore's Grammy Text, Readies New Album for September

March 01, 2014 03:15:10 GMT

graces the cover of the latest edition of Billboard with fellow Top Dawg Entertainment artist . In the interview for the magazine, the Compton MC addresses the apology text from that he received after the Grammys.
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Drake Calls Macklemore's Grammy Apology Text to Kendrick Lamar 'Wack as F**k'

February 13, 2014 04:19:49 GMT

is not impressed with 's decision to publicly share an apology text he sent to after winning the Best Rap Album award at the Grammys last month. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the Toronto native called the "Thrift Shop" rapper's gesture "wack as f**k."
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Tech N9ne Drops 'Fragile' Video Ft. Kendrick Lamar, iMayday! and Kendall Morgan

February 10, 2014 09:16:39 GMT

has dropped the official music video for "Fragile", a track that features the vocals from , iMayday! and Kendall Morgan. Directed by Anthony Devera, the clip features Tech and Lamar spitting some fiery verses inside a warehouse.
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Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Among 2014 NBA All-Star Performers

February 07, 2014 08:19:00 GMT

and have been named as performers at this year's NBA All-Star Weekend. The Compton rapper and the Grammy Award-winning producer will be joined by other artists, including , and Gary Clark Jr., at the event which will be held in New Orleans later this month.
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Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar Perform 'Radioactive' on 'SNL'

February 03, 2014 03:15:57 GMT

and took the stage of "" on Saturday, February 1. The band reteamed with the rapper on the NBC show for a live performance of their hit single "Radioactive".
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Kendrick Lamar Responds to Grammy Snub, Congratulates Macklemore

January 30, 2014 08:47:17 GMT

Everyone from fellow musicians to fans has reacted to the disappointing fact that left the Grammys empty handed. The Compton rapper, who remained silent after the Sunday, January 26 event, has now opened up about the shocking snub.
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India.Arie Blasts Grammys After Kendrick Lamar's Snub

January 29, 2014 06:50:04 GMT

is not the only person who's disappointed after he failed to win any award at the Grammys on Sunday, January 26. has decided to pen an open letter, in which she addresses the rapper's snub and criticizes the awards show for the lack of support for the music by black singers.
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Macklemore Feels Bad for 'Robbing' Kendrick Lamar at Grammy Awards

January 27, 2014 08:54:39 GMT

isn't all pleased after taking home four trophies from the 2014 Grammy Awards. It turns out the Seattle rapper is feeling bad for having beaten out in four categories, thinking that Lamar should've won instead.
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