Kendrick Lamar, full name Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, (born June 17, 1987, Compton, California, United States), American rapper who has earned critical and financial success with albums such as good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (2013), among others (2015).
Duckworth grew up in Compton, a high-crime neighborhood where, ironically, his parents had relocated in order to escape a violent environment in Chicago. K. Dot began writing rhymes as a teenager, and he released his first mixtape, Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (2003), under the alias K. Dot. He has since released several more mixtapes under the name K. Dot. Anthony Tiffith, the head of the newly created record label Top Dawg Entertainment, was captivated by the musician's music and signed him to the label. In addition to Training Day (2005) and C4 (2009), Duckworth released Overly Dedicated (2010) as Kendrick Lamar, his first studio album as a member of the K. Dot rap group. The rapper became well-known as a prominent guest performer on other rappers' tracks, as well as as a member of the Hip Hop collective Black Hippy, which included fellow Top Dawg musicians Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q. After his album Section.80 was released on iTunes in 2011, Lamar was formally proclaimed the "new king of the West Coast" at a concert that same year by veteran rappers Game, Snoop Dogg, and Dre. Lamar's album Section.80 was released on iTunes in 2011.
In 2012, Lamar signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and released his first studio album, good kid, m.A.A.d. City, which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced the R&B/hip-hop singles "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "Poetic Justice." In 2013, Lamar released his second studio album, good kid, m.A.A.d. City, which debuted at number 2 on The album was described as a concept album with an autobiographical story by the critics. Lamar was nominated for seven Grammy Awards in 2013, including best album and best new artist, but he did not take home a trophy in either category. His track I on the other hand, won the Grammys the following year for best rap song and best rap performance for the second time.
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