Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar
Duckworth in May 2018
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

(1987-06-17) June 17, 1987 (age 34)
Other namesK-Dot
EducationCentennial High School
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2004–present
AgentDave Free
TitleFounder of pgLang
AwardsFull list
Musical career
Associated acts

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. He is from Compton, California. He married a woman named Shylah. He is best known for his albums Overly Dedicated, Section.80, g.o.o.d kid, M.A.A.D. city, To Pimp a Butterfly, and most recently Damn (Kendrick Lamar album), He has also released five mixtapes.

In October 2013 Lamar won five awards at the 2013 BET Awards. He performed "Money Trees" at the show.

He was the only guest rapper on Eminem's album ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'', which was released November 5, 2013.

Lamar did eighteen concerts with Kanye West as part of West's October-December 2013 Yeezus Tour.

Lamar was nominated for seven Grammy Awards in 2013.[1] He performed "m.A.A.d city" and a remix to "Radioactive" with Imagine Dragons at the awards ceremony.[2]

In 2015, Kendrick Lamar released studio album To Pimp a Butterfly, which earned recognition as Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards. The project also earned a nomination for Album of the Year.[3] Single I (Kendrick Lamar Song) earned Grammy Awards for both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance in 2014. Two more songs from the album earned awards at the 2015 ceremony, with "Alright" winning both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, and "These Walls" winning an award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.[3] "Alright" also received nominations for both Song of the Year and Best Music Video.

In 2017, Lamar released Damn (Kendrick Lamar Album), stylized as DAMN.. The project was nominated for seven Grammy Awards in 2017, winning five.[3] The project earned the award for Best Rap Album, while also earning a nomination for Album of the Year. The single "HUMBLE." earned awards for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Music Video, while also receiving a nomination for Record of the Year. Another track, "LOYALTY.", which features Rihanna, won the award for Best Rap/Sung Performance.[3] In 2018, DAMN. earned the Pulitzer Prize award for Music, making him the first rap artist to earn the award.[4][5]

In 2018, Lamar served as the primary curator of the soundtrack for the film Black Panther, releasing Black Panther (soundtrack). This release and its tracks earned seven Grammy Award nominations, including for Album of the Year, in 2018. The track "King's Dead" earned the award for Best Rap Performance.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Agencies (7 December 2013). "Grammy nominations 2014: David Bowie among Robin Thicke and Jay-Z" – via
  2., HipHopDX- (26 January 2014). "Kendrick Lamar & Imagine Dragons - "m.A.A.d city" & "Radioactive" (2014 GRAMMY Performance)". HipHopDX.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "GRAMMY Award Results for Kendrick Lamar" – via
  4. "The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Music - DAMN., by Kendrick Lamar" – via
  5. "Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer in 'Big Moment for Hip-Hop'" – via