Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar

American rapper from California
Inventive Compton rapper whose platinum sales, Grammy recognition, and respect from peers and critics made him a leading 2010s artist.
BornJune 17, 1987
HometownCompton, California, United States of America
Height5'5" (1.65m)
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Right Place, Right Time, Right Credentials: How Westside Boogie Landed a Credit on Kendrick Lamar’s Latest Album

  • Kendrick Lamar’s fifth studio album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” is already the biggest first-week debut of 2022. With its arrival comes 18 tracks of introspection touching on everything from racism to transphobia to generational trauma. One of those tracks, “Purple Hearts” featuring R&B queen Summer Walker and Wu-Tang Clan alum Ghostface Killah, came […]

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Super Bowl Performers Vow To Open Doors For More Hip-Hop

Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg said the NFL was late embracing hip-hop and vowed that their Super Bowl halftime show would create more opportunities for the genre."We're going to open more doors for hip-hop artists in the future and making sure that the NFL understands that this is what it should have been a long time ago," Dre said at a moderated appearance the trio made Thursday without their Sunday co-headliners Kendrick Lamar and Eminem."It's crazy that it took all of this time for us to be recognized," Dre said. "I think we're going to do a fantastic job. We're going to do it so big that they can't deny us anymore in the future."No reporters were allowed to ask questions, unlike in previous years.The five music icons will perform at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar are Southern California natives. Snoop Dogg called it a "great moment" that combined "the biggest sporting event in the world" with hip-hop, "the biggest form of music in the world.""We appreciate the NFL for even entertaining hip-hop because we know a lot of people that don't want hip-hop on stage," he said. "But we're here now and there's nothing you can do about it."Other rap artists who have performed at previous Super Bowl halftime shows include Travis Scott, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Nelly and Big Boi of Outkast. Pop-rap group Black Eyed Peas performed during halftime as well.Dre said there will be surprises during their show, but he's already added two deaf musicians Warren "Wawa" Snipe and Sean Forbes. It'll be the first time deaf performers will take part in the halftime show.Wawa and Forbes will use their hands, body and facial expressions to deliver unique renditions of the songs in American Sign Language as the superstar performers rap and sing on stage.The five music artists set for Sunday's show have a combined 44 Grammys. Eminem has the most with 15. Blige is the only return performer among the group she was part of an ensemble cast that featured Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly back in 2001.Dre emerged from the West Coast gangster rap scene alongside Eazy-E and Ice Cube to help form the group N.W.A., which made a major mark in the hip-hop culture and music industry with controversial lyrics in the late 1980s. Dre is responsible for promoting rap stars such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Lamar. Dre also produced Blige's No. 1 hit song "Family Affair."Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Blige and Lamar join a list of celebrated musicians who have played during Super Bowl halftime shows, including Beyonc, Madonna, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and most recently The Weeknd.The game and halftime show will air live on NBC.Additional reporting by The Associated Press.
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MOVIES & TV SHOWS

Pass the Mic: A Movement Generations in the Making
Pass the Mic: A Movement Generations in the Making
2022
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America
Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America
2019
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
1h 25min
2018
Anderson Paak Feat. Kendrick Lamar: Tints
Anderson Paak Feat. Kendrick Lamar: Tints
2019
The Best of Kendrick Lamar
The Best of Kendrick Lamar
2017
Essence Festival 2016
Essence Festival 2016
2016
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards
2016
Taylor Swift Feat. Kendrick Lamar: Bad Blood
Taylor Swift Feat. Kendrick Lamar: Bad Blood
2015
Bacardi Triangle Live From Puerto Rico
Bacardi Triangle Live From Puerto Rico
2014
The Message
The Message
2014
iHeartRadio Music Awards
iHeartRadio Music Awards
2014
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards
2014

Albums

Pride.
Pride.
2019
Black Panther: The Album [Music from and Inspired By]
Black Panther: The Album [Music from and Inspired By]
2018
All the Stars
All the Stars
2018
DAMN.
DAMN.
2017
HUMBLE.
HUMBLE.
2017
untitled 07 | levitate
untitled 07 | levitate
2016
untitled unmastered.
untitled unmastered.
2016
These Walls
These Walls
2015
Alright
Alright
2015
To Pimp a Butterfly
To Pimp a Butterfly
2015
County Building Blues
County Building Blues
2015
Blacker the Berry
Blacker the Berry
2015
i
i
2014
Coast2coast 224
Coast2coast 224
2014
Found Myself
Found Myself
2014
Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
2013
New West 2
New West 2
2013
Kid Done Good
Kid Done Good
2013
Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
2012
Compton
Compton
2012
Swimming Pools (Drank)
Swimming Pools (Drank)
2012
I'm Ghost
I'm Ghost
2012
Recipe
Recipe
2012
My People
My People
2011
Section.80
Section.80
2011
Overly Dedicated
Overly Dedicated
2010