Kendrick Lamar was born on June 17, 1987. He is an American rapper and singer best known for the singles “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and “Poetic Justice” from his sophomore studio album “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. When the album was released, it was at number 2 position in the U.S. Billboard charts. He has also collaborated with a lot of famous artists including Snoop Dog and Lil Wayne.
Kendrick Lamar Early Life and Work
Lamar was born in California while his parents were from Chicago, Illinois. His mother named him Kendrick in tribute to the singer Eddie Kendricks. When Lamar was eight years old he got the chance see his idols Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre film a video. He considers this a very significant moment in his life. Lamar was the first in his family to graduate from high school doing so from Centennial High School in Compton with straight As.
When he was sixteen, Lamar released a mixtape under the name K-Dot. It was titled “Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year)”. This tape resulted in a lot of local recognition for him. He then secured a recording contract with top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), based in California, where he released a second mixtape, with 26 tracks two years later titled “Training Day (2005)”. Throughout 2006 and 2007 Lamar opened many acts for rappers including Jay Rock, Ya Boy and The Game.
He was also featured in Jay Rock’s debut music video ‘All My Life ( In The Ghetto )”. He gained further recognition during a Charles Hamilton concert where he started rapping without hesitation when Hamilton battled with the rapper in the audience. In 2009, after receiving a co-sign from Lil Wayne, Lamar released his third mixtape titled C4. Soon after, he decided to give up his pseudopodium K-Dot and reverted back to his own name.
Kendrick Lamar Career
In 2010 he released his fourth mixtape. He continued writing lyrics and also collaborated with other artists including Young Jeezy, The Game, and Lil Wayne. He was also taken under Dr. Dre’s wing and mentored. Dr. Dre signed him on to an independent record label alongside famous names like Eminem and The Cent.
His debut album paved the way for his fame along with his hit singles “Swimming Pool” and “poetic Justice”. He also made major television appearances in shows including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with David Letterman.
In 2015 Lamar released his album “to Pimp A Butterfly” and was nominated for 11 Grammy that year winning five in the 2016 show.
Kendrick Lamar Awards and Nominations
Lamar has been on the receiving end of seven Grammy awards. In 2014, he was nominated for 7 awards and he won two awards for his single ’I’ in 2015. In 2016 he was nominated the highest number of times at 11, second only to Michel Jackson’s 12 nominations in 1984.
Lamar has received two civic honors, the first being California State Senate’s Generational Icon Award from State Senator on May 11, 2015. On February 13, 2016, the Mayor of Compton presented him with a key to the city for “representing the city’s evolution”.
Kendrick Lamar Personal Life
Lamar and his girlfriend Whitney Alford got engaged in 2015 after a long courtship. His cousin Nick Young is an NBA player. He is also a firm believer in Christianity. His song ‘I’ is about Christian faith.
Kendrick Lamar Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $20 Million US Dollars
Lamar’s estimated net worth went from $9 million in 2013 to $18.5 million in 2016 according to Forbes. Forbes also said that his income of $12 million pre-tax was below other celebrities like Drake and Nicki Minaj. Unlike the others in his field, Lamar doesn’t feel the need to spend a lot of money on endorsements and flashy cars. His $532,000 home is over 7,800 feet with four bedrooms and no swimming pools and such.
Lamar is a happy man, engaged to his childhood sweetheart, Whitney Alford. He claims that the people who are close to him are the ones who have always been there for him all through his life and career. Lamar joins up his old group, Black Hippy, the members of which collaborate for songs now and then.