Kendrick Lamar is currently one of the biggest American rappers and lyricists that has appeared in the music scene. He’s been commercially successful and has been critically acclaimed with a number of awards and nominations under his belt.
His career started early in his teenage years where he recorded and released mixtapes under the pseudonym “K-Dot”. He eventually earned a recording contract with the label “Top Dawg Entertainment”.
This leads him to create a hip-hop group and release multiple albums and singles where he performed all of them in live shows.
He’s also been able to collaborate with known rap artists like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Game, and many more. Time Magazine has also placed Kendrick in their list of 2016’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”.
If you want to know more about this outstanding rapper then keep reading, as we’ll show you his personal life, career, net worth, and more.
Celebrity Name: Kendrick Lamar
Real Name:.Kendrick Lamar Duckworth
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Birthday: June 17, 1987
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States
Age: 34 years old
Status: In a Relationship
Girlfriend: Whitney Alford
Weight: 67 kg
Profession: Rapper, Producer, Songwriter, Actor
Net Worth: $75 million
Early Life and Childhood
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born on the 17th of June 1987, in Compton, California and his mother named him after the American singer Eddie Kendricks.
His father was part of a gang in the area called “Gangsters Disciples” and his family used to live in a “section 8 housing”.
While growing up in the streets of Compton, he was able to witness his idols “Tupac” and “Dr. Dre” filming the music video for “California Love”. This became a monumental part of his life which lit up his flames to become a rapper.
He had his education in McNair Elementary in the Compton Unified School District and later graduated high school in Compton’s Centennial High School. Kendrick was known to have straight-As in his grade making him one of the best in his class.
Kendrick became engaged with his girlfriend named Whitney Alford back in 2015 and they had their first child just recently in 2019. The rapper is now a devout Christian, saying he converted in 2013 after one of his friends died.
His faith can also be seen in several of his albums like in his 2012 album named “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City”. Kendrick’s 2017 album “Damn” also has recurring themes that talk about religion and struggle. He’s also the cousin of the NBA player Nick Young.
The rapper started his career in 2004 while he was still at the age of 16. Kenrick, under the pseudonym “K-Dot”, released his debut mixtape called “Youngest Head Nigga in Charge”.
It became locally popular and eventually led him to sign a contract with the label “Top Dawg Entertainment”.
By 2005, Kendrick released his first album “Training Day” which consists of a mixtape of 26 recordings. In the next few years, he was able to collaborate with rappers like YaBoy and Jay Rock.
Kendrick released his next mixtape in 2009, with the title “C4” and he eventually stopped using his pseudonym as he just used his real name at work.
During the same year, he also formed the rap group “Black Hippy” which consists of members Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul.
Rise to Stardom
In 2010, his mixtape “Overly Dedicated” was released which went on to be part of “Billboard’s R&B and Hip-hop Albums” chart that year.
The following year, Kendrick released the album “Section.80” which made it to the 13th place in the “Billboard 200”. This is where his career gained more popularity and slowly helped him rise to stardom.
In one concert, rappers Game, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg labeled him as “The New King of the West Coast”. Also in 2011, he was able to release his album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” which helped him get nominated with a few Grammy Awards.
Kendrick stayed on tour from 2013 to 2014 and also made collaborations with rappers like Tame Impala and YG. The following year, he proceeded to release the album “To Pimp a Butterfly” where critics gave it positive reviews.
In 2015, he was also featured in a remix version of Taylor Swift’s song “Bad Blood” which went on to go on top of the “Billboard Hot 100”.
He then released the album “Damn” in 2017, which contained hit songs like “Humble” and “DNA”. It also featured several guest appearances like Rihanna and U2.
By 2018, Kendrick became the curator and producer of the film soundtrack of Marvel’s new film “Black Panther”. The movie became a huge hit and its album received universal acclaim.
Awards and Achievements
With the massive success that Kendrick has made with his career, it earned him numerous awards and nominations throughout the years.
He became “Lyricist of the Year” in the BET Hip-hop Awardsduring 2012 and 2013. He also won “Best New Artist” and “Best Male Hip-Hop Artist” in 2013.
Kendrick also received multiple Grammy Awards in 2015 with his hit rap son “I” helped him win “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Performance”. And he also received “Best Music Video” alongside Taylor Swift with their remix version of the song “Bad Blood”.
In 2016, he won another Grammy for Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song” for his song “Alright”. His album “To Pimp a Butterfly” won “Album of the Year”.
Total Net Worth
Kendrick Lamar currently has a total net worth of over $75 million dollars which makes him one of the most popular and highest-paid rappers in the world.
He’s also made more than $180 million throughout his whole career and he’s been labeled one of the highest-paid entertainers in 2018.