Kendrick Lamar Duckworth.
Coming out of the notorious city of Compton, CA, Kendrick has blessed the rap game with numerous classics. He’s won five Grammy’s, eleven BETs, and six MTV Music awards. After a close-to-perfect discography consisting of four studio albums, five mixtapes, and one EP, many already consider Kendrick as an all-time great.
The Dr. Dre deal with Aftermath Entertainment was the real pivotal point in his career. It was later on with Top Dawg Entertainment that Lamar’s fanbase continued to grow project after project. His first studio album in 2011, Section.80, made him more well-known outside the California scene. It was stacked with nicely mixed tracks, well-written bars, and intricate storytelling. The project has also aged incredibly well, with many rap fans still bumping it to this day.
Almost a year later, Lamar released Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, an album so incredible that is already considered an all-time classic. It is an introduction to Kendrick’s early life in Compton and the difficulties that came and went. The production by Dr. Dre and Kendrick’s masterful lyricism came together as an amazing project that certified him as a top notch rapper.
To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) is commonly viewed as K-Dot’s best album. It was inspired by a trip to South Africa, and is a lot more jazz-funk oriented. Additionally, the caterpillar concept delivered throughout the project is unforgettable and arguably one of the best ever. The project went on to win multiple awards and expand Kendrick’s audience outside of the hip hop bubble.
Most recently, Kendrick released DAMN to cap things off and solidify him as an all-time great. The album is extremely complex with a concept that is very hard to fully understand at first. Lamar has gone as far as calling it his best project yet.
It’s very hard to box Kendrick Lamar into one style. When one dives into his music, one can see so many different personas, voices, and rhythms that almost any music fan can enjoy what he does behind the mic.