About Kendrick Lamar
“Don’t you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing, from heaven is where you got it from”, this is one of the best quotes about life, coming from the hip-hop rapper, songwriter and recording artist, Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born in June 17, 1987 in Compton California, USA. When he was a child, he was exposed to a risky and unpredictable environment. His family experienced violence of the streets; however, he grew up to be a soft-spoken and thoughtful individual. As a student, he was fond of writing poems, stories, then later on lyrics.
He started his career as a rapper using the name K-Dot. When he was 16, he released his first mix tape “Youngest Head Nigga in Charge” which attracted a great deal of involvement in his native Southern Californian and beyond. This has caught the attention of Top Dawg Entertainment which is one of the dependable recording company in California. It was followed by two other enthusiastically praised mix tapes “Training Day” (2005) and C4 (2009).
He began using his own name in 2010 and on the same year released his fourth mix tape “Overly Dedicated”. He was able to release his first full-length independent album, still from Top Dawg Entertainment. It was entitled Section 80. This has continued to reveal Lamar’s talent and distinctive positions of the street life that he knew well, but he proved that they did not seem to adversely affect him. He pursued writing music and lyrics and at the same time continued touring and collaborating with popular recording artists.
He was given recognition for the following; Vanguard Award, Best New Artist, Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Collabo, Duo or Group and International Artist, (2013); Lyricist of the Year, Sweet 16, MVP of the year and Album of the Year (2012). This is apart from his long list of nominations. For this year, he received a total of seven Grammy nominations including Best Rap Song, Best New Artist and Album of the Year. The story of Kendrick Lamar could be considered not a story from Crompton; instead, it is the story of one of the most important rapper in history ever known.