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Wikipedia Summary for Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. Since his mainstream debut in 2012 with Good Kid, M.A.A.

D City, Lamar has been regarded as one of the most influential rappers of his generation. Aside from his solo career, he is also known as a member of the hip hop supergroup Black Hippy alongside his Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) label-mates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q.

Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K.

Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment. He began to gain recognition in 2010 after his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, he independently released his first studio album, Section.80, which included his debut single "HiiiPoWeR". By that time, he had amassed a large online following and collaborated with several prominent hip hop artists.

Lamar's major-label debut album, Good Kid, M.A.A.

D City, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. It would go on to be certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His third album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) incorporated elements of funk, soul, jazz, and spoken word. It became his first number one album on the Billboard 200, and was the most acclaimed album of the 2010s, according to statistics from Metacritic. It was followed by Untitled Unmastered (2016), a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the recording sessions for To Pimp a Butterfly. He released his fourth album, Damn (2017) to further acclaim; its lead single "Humble" topped the US Billboard Hot 100, while the album became the first non-classical and non-jazz album to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music. In 2018, he wrote and produced 14 songs for the soundtrack to the superhero film Black Panther, which also received critical acclaim.

Lamar has received many accolades over the course of his career, including 13 Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, 11 MTV Video Music Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and an Academy Award nomination. In 2012, MTV named him the Hottest MC in the Game on their annual list. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. In 2015, he received the California State Senate's Generational Icon Award. Three of his studio albums have been listed in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020).

Quote: I'm selfish. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'm selfish.


Quote: I was raised inside the gang culture. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I was raised inside the gang culture.


Quote: Loving you is complicated. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Loving you is complicated.


Quote: It's deep-rooted, the music of being young and dumb, it's never muted, in fact, it's much louder where I'm from. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

It's deep-rooted, the music of being young and dumb, it's never muted, in fact, it's much louder where I'm from.


Quote: Mixed feelings was my opinion, I was defending my insecurities. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Mixed feelings was my opinion, I was defending my insecurities.


Quote: When I'm in the studio, I'm looking for creativity I haven't matched yet, a feeling I haven't felt. It's a high. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

When I'm in the studio, I'm looking for creativity I haven't matched yet, a feeling I haven't felt. It's a high.


Quote: When I talk to kids, I'm really listening. When I do that, we have a little bit of a bigger connection than me being Kendrick Lamar and you being a student. It's almost like we're friends. Because a friend listens. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

When I talk to kids, I'm really listening. When I do that, we have a little bit of a bigger connection than me being Kendrick Lamar and you being a student. It's almost like we're friends. Because a friend listens.


Quote: I used to consider the listener. But now I'm in a space where, if I'm not inspired, I can't really do the music. I can't feel it. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I used to consider the listener. But now I'm in a space where, if I'm not inspired, I can't really do the music. I can't feel it.


Quote: I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.


Quote: Black and brown pride have been taught in my household for a long time. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Black and brown pride have been taught in my household for a long time.


Quote: The way people look at me these days -- that's the same way I looked at President Obama before I met him. We tend to forget that people who've attained a certain position are human. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The way people look at me these days -- that's the same way I looked at President Obama before I met him. We tend to forget that people who've attained a certain position are human.


Quote: Before finding music, I didn't have too many aspirations. I wanted to hang out, make a little money from whatever I had to do. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Before finding music, I didn't have too many aspirations. I wanted to hang out, make a little money from whatever I had to do.


Quote: I got a greater purpose. God put something in my heart to get across, and that's what I'm going to focus on, using my voice as an instrument and doing what needs to be done. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I got a greater purpose. God put something in my heart to get across, and that's what I'm going to focus on, using my voice as an instrument and doing what needs to be done.


Quote: We all get distracted,  the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards? by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

We all get distracted,  the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?


Quote: Me, as a person, I grow. I'm like a chameleon. You know? That is a gift and a curse for me. But more so a gift, because it never puts me in a box. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Me, as a person, I grow. I'm like a chameleon. You know? That is a gift and a curse for me. But more so a gift, because it never puts me in a box.


Quote: I don't sugarcoat it you'd die from diabetes if these other niggas wrote it. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I don't sugarcoat it you'd die from diabetes if these other niggas wrote it.


Quote: No matter how much good things are going on around you, you still have them little negative things that just wanna come out in front. But you bottle them in because you have so many other great things, but they still there. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

No matter how much good things are going on around you, you still have them little negative things that just wanna come out in front. But you bottle them in because you have so many other great things, but they still there.


Quote: A dollar might turn to a million and we all rich that's just how i feel. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

A dollar might turn to a million and we all rich that's just how i feel.


Quote: This is the thing about hip-hop music and where people get it most misconstrued: It's all hip-hop. You can't say that just what I do is hip-hop, because hip-hop is all energies. James Brown can get on the track and mumble all day. But guess what? You felt his soul on those records. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of Kendrick Lamar quote: This is the thing about hip-hop music and where people get it most misconstrued: It's all hip-hop. You can't say that just what I do is hip-hop, because hip-hop is all energies. James Brown can get on the track and mumble all day. But guess what? You felt his soul on those records.- black text on quotes background

This is the thing about hip-hop music and where people get it most misconstrued: It's all hip-hop. You can't say that just what I do is hip-hop, because hip-hop is all energies. James Brown can get on the track and mumble all day. But guess what? You felt his soul on those records.


Quote: I started doing music when I was thirteen; I actually started writing my first rhymes. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I started doing music when I was thirteen; I actually started writing my first rhymes.


Quote: My word will never be as strong as God's word. All I am is just a vessel, doing His work. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My word will never be as strong as God's word. All I am is just a vessel, doing His work.




Quote: There's kids out there that have so much life to live. That's a beautiful thing. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

There's kids out there that have so much life to live. That's a beautiful thing.


Quote: I was a black sheep, but now I'm just a goat. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I was a black sheep, but now I'm just a goat.


Quote: How am I influencing so many people on this stage rather than influencing the ones that I have back home? by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

How am I influencing so many people on this stage rather than influencing the ones that I have back home?


Quote: The message I'm sending to myself -- I can't change the world until I change myself first. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The message I'm sending to myself -- I can't change the world until I change myself first.


Quote: I'm constantly thinking. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'm constantly thinking.


Quote: I went back and studied the game, was a student of the game and worked on my craft and dedicated myself, you know? A lot of my music revolves around me growing up in Compton. I want to tell a different story that's never been told before, of a good kid in a mad city. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of Kendrick Lamar quote; white text on black background

I went back and studied the game, was a student of the game and worked on my craft and dedicated myself, you know? A lot of my music revolves around me growing up in Compton. I want to tell a different story that's never been told before, of a good kid in a mad city.


Quote: You don't hear no artists from Compton showing vulnerability. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

You don't hear no artists from Compton showing vulnerability.


Quote: The best way to describe myself would be...unpredictable. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The best way to describe myself would be...unpredictable.


Quote: Poetic justice, poetic justice.. if I told you that a flower bloom in a dark room would you trust it. I mean I write poems in these songs. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Poetic justice, poetic justice.. if I told you that a flower bloom in a dark room would you trust it. I mean I write poems in these songs.


Quote: Everybody looking at you crazy,

What you gon' do?

Lift up your head and keep moving,

Or let the paranoia haunt you? by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Everybody looking at you crazy,

What you gon' do?

Lift up your head and keep moving,

Or let the paranoia haunt you?


Quote: Once I looked in the mirror and decided this is who I am, and I'm not scared of who I am, and I'm not scared that I can't be like you, and I'm good with just doing me, that's when I found myself, as a man. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Once I looked in the mirror and decided this is who I am, and I'm not scared of who I am, and I'm not scared that I can't be like you, and I'm good with just doing me, that's when I found myself, as a man.


Quote: I think all Geminis are kids at heart. And that's why they're able to simplify some of the most complex things and connect with people. It's having that kid spirit. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I think all Geminis are kids at heart. And that's why they're able to simplify some of the most complex things and connect with people. It's having that kid spirit.


Quote: I'm standing on a field full of landmines doing the moonwalk hoping i blow up in time. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'm standing on a field full of landmines doing the moonwalk hoping i blow up in time.


Quote: I am a sinner....who's probably gonna sin again...Lord forgive me! by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I am a sinner....who's probably gonna sin again...Lord forgive me!


Quote: Just let me be me, That's the only way I know. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Just let me be me, That's the only way I know.


Quote: I'm listening to a lot of oldies.A lot of Al Green, Marvin Gaye. Luther Vandross... they were some of my icons. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'm listening to a lot of oldies.A lot of Al Green, Marvin Gaye. Luther Vandross... they were some of my icons.


Quote: While you have people who are actually fronting for your needs and wants, sometimes your needs and wants may not be right for you. The people around you are just trying to keep their jobs. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

While you have people who are actually fronting for your needs and wants, sometimes your needs and wants may not be right for you. The people around you are just trying to keep their jobs.


Quote: The opposite of love? Vice. Temptation. The negative influences that we have. The bad energy that comes around us and makes us do certain things. To me, it's always been a war between the two. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The opposite of love? Vice. Temptation. The negative influences that we have. The bad energy that comes around us and makes us do certain things. To me, it's always been a war between the two.


Quote: Don't you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing, from heaven is where you got it from. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Don't you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing, from heaven is where you got it from.


Quote: It's the beauty in her, But when the makeup occur, I don't see it, All i see is a blur. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

It's the beauty in her, But when the makeup occur, I don't see it, All i see is a blur.


Quote: The thing about hip-hop is they always want to classify you as one particular artist, but hip-hop is about going outside the box and expressing yourself however you want to. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The thing about hip-hop is they always want to classify you as one particular artist, but hip-hop is about going outside the box and expressing yourself however you want to.


Quote: You can have the platinum album, but when you still feel like you haven't quite found your place in the world -- it kind of gives a crazy offset. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

You can have the platinum album, but when you still feel like you haven't quite found your place in the world -- it kind of gives a crazy offset.


Quote: A lot of incredible rap albums over the past couple of decades have deserved Album of the Year. 'To Pimp a Butterfly' is an extension of those albums. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

A lot of incredible rap albums over the past couple of decades have deserved Album of the Year. 'To Pimp a Butterfly' is an extension of those albums.


Quote: The limit is the sky, and I live on cloud. And I recognize my nemesis gon try, to put a finish in my shine. But pussy we'll hurt you, life in the power circle. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The limit is the sky, and I live on cloud. And I recognize my nemesis gon try, to put a finish in my shine. But pussy we'll hurt you, life in the power circle.


Quote: Brother Kendrick Lamar: he's not a rapper, he's a writer, he's an author. And if you read between the lines, we'll learn how to love one another. But you can't do that, I said you can't do that, without loving yourself first. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Brother Kendrick Lamar: he's not a rapper, he's a writer, he's an author. And if you read between the lines, we'll learn how to love one another. But you can't do that, I said you can't do that, without loving yourself first.


Quote: I be off the slave ships, building pyramids, writing my own hieroglyphs. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I be off the slave ships, building pyramids, writing my own hieroglyphs.


Quote: You can't change where you from. You can't take a person out of their zone and expect them to be somebody else now that they in the record industry. It's gonna take years. Years of travelling. Years of meeting people. Years of seeing the world. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

You can't change where you from. You can't take a person out of their zone and expect them to be somebody else now that they in the record industry. It's gonna take years. Years of travelling. Years of meeting people. Years of seeing the world.


Quote: We all, we all good people just trying to escape the negative influence that come around us and that's the story of my life, you know? Trying my best to get around the ills and I bumped my head a few times but I think, you know, music is my savior for right now, for me and my whole group. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of Kendrick Lamar quote: We all, we all good people just trying to escape the negative influence that come around us and that's the story of my life, you know? Trying my best to get around the ills and I bumped my head a few times but I think, you know, music is my savior for right now, for me and my whole group.- black text on quotes background

We all, we all good people just trying to escape the negative influence that come around us and that's the story of my life, you know? Trying my best to get around the ills and I bumped my head a few times but I think, you know, music is my savior for right now, for me and my whole group.


Quote: We're all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learn from them is the key. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

We're all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learn from them is the key.


Quote: Believe in God, it's only one God. F*** all that religion s***. Believe in one God, and do right. Try your best to do right, we ain't perfect. Just do that and everything will be straight. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Believe in God, it's only one God. F*** all that religion s***. Believe in one God, and do right. Try your best to do right, we ain't perfect. Just do that and everything will be straight.


Quote: The people definitely shape the two, put stamps and classify mainstream and underground music. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The people definitely shape the two, put stamps and classify mainstream and underground music.


Quote: We all seem to stumble, planning our own demise,

Getting the big picture, and making it wallet-sized. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

We all seem to stumble, planning our own demise,

Getting the big picture, and making it wallet-sized.


Quote: I probably spent more time listening to albums than writing songs. But I think that gave me all the tricks in terms of wordplay, from how I pronounced my words to the actual delivery. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I probably spent more time listening to albums than writing songs. But I think that gave me all the tricks in terms of wordplay, from how I pronounced my words to the actual delivery.


Quote: The hardest thing for -- not only an artist but for anybody to do is look themselves in the mirror and acknowledge, you know, their own flaws and fears and imperfections and put them out there in the open for people to relate to it. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The hardest thing for -- not only an artist but for anybody to do is look themselves in the mirror and acknowledge, you know, their own flaws and fears and imperfections and put them out there in the open for people to relate to it.


Quote: And I'm not sure why I'm infatuated with death,

My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats...

Maybe cause I'm a dreamer, and sleep is the cousin of death,

Really stuck in the scheme of wondering when I'mma rest. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

And I'm not sure why I'm infatuated with death,

My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats...

Maybe cause I'm a dreamer, and sleep is the cousin of death,

Really stuck in the scheme of wondering when I'mma rest.


Quote: Found myself screaming in a hotel room. I didn't want to self-destruct. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Found myself screaming in a hotel room. I didn't want to self-destruct.


Quote: I am from the inner city, the ghetto. If I can use my platform to carry on a legacy and talk about something that's real, I have to do that, period. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I am from the inner city, the ghetto. If I can use my platform to carry on a legacy and talk about something that's real, I have to do that, period.


Quote: My parents were fairly young in the city of Compton. So the things that they played -- you know, that was the hip crowd. So I was being exposed to all these ideas, from Big Daddy Kane to Eazy-E to the Bay Area -- Too Short, E-40 -- you know, back to Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of Kendrick Lamar quote: My parents were fairly young in the city of Compton. So the things that they played -- you know, that was the hip crowd. So I was being exposed to all these ideas, from Big Daddy Kane to Eazy-E to the Bay Area -- Too Short, E-40 -- you know, back to Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers.- black text on quotes background

My parents were fairly young in the city of Compton. So the things that they played -- you know, that was the hip crowd. So I was being exposed to all these ideas, from Big Daddy Kane to Eazy-E to the Bay Area -- Too Short, E-40 -- you know, back to Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers.


Quote: You can have the platinum album. But, you know, when you still feel like you haven't quite found your place in the world, it kind of gives a crazy offset. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

You can have the platinum album. But, you know, when you still feel like you haven't quite found your place in the world, it kind of gives a crazy offset.


Quote: I penetrate the hearts of good kids and criminals. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I penetrate the hearts of good kids and criminals.


Quote: Teenagers expressing this on a daily basis in the middle of the streets -- you can't help but believe we are in the mind state of taking our losses and changing people's perceptions of us and our community. We are strong. Our families are tired of being hurt. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Teenagers expressing this on a daily basis in the middle of the streets -- you can't help but believe we are in the mind state of taking our losses and changing people's perceptions of us and our community. We are strong. Our families are tired of being hurt.




Quote: In all my days of schooling, from preschool all the way up to 12th grade, there was not one white person in my class. Literally zero. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

In all my days of schooling, from preschool all the way up to 12th grade, there was not one white person in my class. Literally zero.


Quote: Hip-hop and being a pro athlete go hand in hand. When they come together, it's a win, not just for your business brand but also for culture. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Hip-hop and being a pro athlete go hand in hand. When they come together, it's a win, not just for your business brand but also for culture.


Quote: Every time I write these words they become a taboo,

Making sure my punctuation curve, every letter here's true,

Living my life in the margin, and that metaphor was proof. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Every time I write these words they become a taboo,

Making sure my punctuation curve, every letter here's true,

Living my life in the margin, and that metaphor was proof.


Quote: God to me is love. It's the ruler of all things, whether it's with a person or with music or with your TV. I feel like it's this energy. God is energy, love is energy. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

God to me is love. It's the ruler of all things, whether it's with a person or with music or with your TV. I feel like it's this energy. God is energy, love is energy.


Quote: What separated me from all my homeboys is the fact that I didn't get caught inside the reality. I was always dreaming about doing something else or going somewhere else. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

What separated me from all my homeboys is the fact that I didn't get caught inside the reality. I was always dreaming about doing something else or going somewhere else.


Quote: I'm just writing, writing, writing. I keep these tablets on me until I'm inspired to go back in and make the music. I never take a break from my pen, because I pride myself on that. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'm just writing, writing, writing. I keep these tablets on me until I'm inspired to go back in and make the music. I never take a break from my pen, because I pride myself on that.


Quote: I cut off my ears before i hear your advice and vice versa. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I cut off my ears before i hear your advice and vice versa.




Quote: The HiiiPower Movement is a movement that's going on all throughout the world like a virus. It's about being on a higher level than the industry. It's a movement we started to be above all the bullshit that's been going on. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The HiiiPower Movement is a movement that's going on all throughout the world like a virus. It's about being on a higher level than the industry. It's a movement we started to be above all the bullshit that's been going on.


Quote: Tupac, Biggie, Jay. Your usual suspects. These were the people that was played in my household. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Tupac, Biggie, Jay. Your usual suspects. These were the people that was played in my household.


Quote: I felt like, what better way for people to understand me by taking the initiative in giving my real name, my name that moms taught me so y'all actually know what's going on in my life and my music. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I felt like, what better way for people to understand me by taking the initiative in giving my real name, my name that moms taught me so y'all actually know what's going on in my life and my music.


Quote: I see conflict. But the conflict is what makes it relatable. I'm conflicted; you're conflicted. I'm not perfect -- nobody is. I'm just blessed to be able to express my conflict through song. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I see conflict. But the conflict is what makes it relatable. I'm conflicted; you're conflicted. I'm not perfect -- nobody is. I'm just blessed to be able to express my conflict through song.


Quote: My grandma always said, Where there's a will, there's a way. I think it's just naturally in our DNA to be able to survive. We was always taught that: to survive. When you talking about slavery, it's to survive. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My grandma always said, Where there's a will, there's a way. I think it's just naturally in our DNA to be able to survive. We was always taught that: to survive. When you talking about slavery, it's to survive.


Quote: Look inside my soul and you can find gold and maybe get rich. Look inside of your soul and you can find out it never exists. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Look inside my soul and you can find gold and maybe get rich. Look inside of your soul and you can find out it never exists.


Quote: Let bygones be bygones...but where I'm from,

We buy guns and more guns, to give to the young. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Let bygones be bygones...but where I'm from,

We buy guns and more guns, to give to the young.


Quote: The sky is falling, the wind is calling

Stand for something, or die in the morning. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The sky is falling, the wind is calling

Stand for something, or die in the morning.


Quote: I live this life at a pace that anyone can go.

Know your place, and dedicate your role

...To the faith that you'll die alone. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I live this life at a pace that anyone can go.

Know your place, and dedicate your role

...To the faith that you'll die alone.


Quote: I want you to recognize that I'm a proud monkey. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I want you to recognize that I'm a proud monkey.


Quote: I don't talk about these things if I haven't lived them, and I've hurt people in my life. It's something I still have to think about when I sleep at night. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I don't talk about these things if I haven't lived them, and I've hurt people in my life. It's something I still have to think about when I sleep at night.


Quote: Whatever pressure I feel all comes from me, from within. I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Whatever pressure I feel all comes from me, from within. I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.


Quote: I stole a Bible, is that a sin? by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I stole a Bible, is that a sin?


Quote: My lyrics say I have morals, I have confidence, I have weaknesses, I have strong points, that I am a human being. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My lyrics say I have morals, I have confidence, I have weaknesses, I have strong points, that I am a human being.


Quote: Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you.


Quote: Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.


Quote: We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards? by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?


Quote: You really can't categorize my music, it's human music. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

You really can't categorize my music, it's human music.


Quote: The one in front of the gun lives forever. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The one in front of the gun lives forever.


Quote: My mind is living on cloud 9 and this 9 is never on vacation. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My mind is living on cloud 9 and this 9 is never on vacation.


Quote: Since day one, since the first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Since day one, since the first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.


Quote: What is love? Love to me is god. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

What is love? Love to me is god.


Quote: We hurt people that love us, love people that hurt us. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

We hurt people that love us, love people that hurt us.


Quote: Hip-hop is not the problem, our reality is the problem. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Hip-hop is not the problem, our reality is the problem.


Quote: The Universe energy doesn't lie. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The Universe energy doesn't lie.


Quote: I'd rather not live like there isn't a God Then die and find out there really is Think about it. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'd rather not live like there isn't a God Then die and find out there really is Think about it.


Quote: Life Will Put Many Red Lights In Front Of You, But Sometimes We Must Push On The Gas And Trust God. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Life Will Put Many Red Lights In Front Of You, But Sometimes We Must Push On The Gas And Trust God.


Quote: So next time you feel like your world is about to end, I hope you studied because He's testing your faith again. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

So next time you feel like your world is about to end, I hope you studied because He's testing your faith again.


Quote: My rights, my wrongs, I write 'til I'm right with God. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My rights, my wrongs, I write 'til I'm right with God.


Quote: If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it? by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?


Quote: Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.


Quote: Toronto's one of my favourite places. If I were to move anywhere out of California, it would be Toronto. Definitely. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Toronto's one of my favourite places. If I were to move anywhere out of California, it would be Toronto. Definitely.


Quote: But what love got to do with it when you don't love yourself ? by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

But what love got to do with it when you don't love yourself ?


Quote: Am I the only one who measures time using songs? Oh it only took me 4 songs to get here! that's not to long! by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Am I the only one who measures time using songs? Oh it only took me 4 songs to get here! that's not to long!


Quote: I think my vice would be outdoing myself. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I think my vice would be outdoing myself.


Quote: If I'm gonna tell a real story, I'm gonna start with my name. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

If I'm gonna tell a real story, I'm gonna start with my name.


Quote: The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It's scary. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It's scary.


Quote: Groups break up because they never got across what they wanted to do personally, and they have creative differences, and egos start to clash. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Groups break up because they never got across what they wanted to do personally, and they have creative differences, and egos start to clash.


Quote: I knew I was blessed with a gift of having both parents. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I knew I was blessed with a gift of having both parents.


Quote: People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can't knock it. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can't knock it.


Quote: It's a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

It's a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve.


Quote: It's easy to forget who you are. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

It's easy to forget who you are.


Quote: My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop.




Quote: I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both.


Quote: I don't vote. I don't do no voting. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I don't vote. I don't do no voting.


Quote: I've got an extra-specific story about Dr. Dre. I saw him when I was 9 years old in Compton -- him and Tupac. They were shooting the second 'California Love' video. My pops had seen him and ran back to the house and got me, put me on his neck, and we stood there watching Dre and Pac in a Bentley. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of Kendrick Lamar quote: I've got an extra-specific story about Dr. Dre. I saw him when I was 9 years old in Compton -- him and Tupac. They were shooting the second 'California Love' video. My pops had seen him and ran back to the house and got me, put me on his neck, and we stood there watching Dre and Pac in a Bentley.- black text on quotes background

I've got an extra-specific story about Dr. Dre. I saw him when I was 9 years old in Compton -- him and Tupac. They were shooting the second 'California Love' video. My pops had seen him and ran back to the house and got me, put me on his neck, and we stood there watching Dre and Pac in a Bentley.




Quote: My folks ain't graduated from high school or nothing like that, so we always had to struggle in the family -- and I come from a big family. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My folks ain't graduated from high school or nothing like that, so we always had to struggle in the family -- and I come from a big family.


Quote: I always thought money was something just to make me happy. But I've learned that I feel better being able to help my folks, 'cause we never had nothing. So just to see them excited about my career is more of a blessing than me actually having it for myself. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I always thought money was something just to make me happy. But I've learned that I feel better being able to help my folks, 'cause we never had nothing. So just to see them excited about my career is more of a blessing than me actually having it for myself.


Quote: I always tell people that if I move anywhere it would be Toronto. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I always tell people that if I move anywhere it would be Toronto.


Quote: I like to let things breathe. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I like to let things breathe.


Quote: As long as my music is real, it's no limit to how many ears I can grab. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

As long as my music is real, it's no limit to how many ears I can grab.


Quote: My mom's one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My mom's one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton.


Quote: I always felt like there was a certain standard of music that I had to do from the beginning, even when I didn't have the recognition that I have now. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I always felt like there was a certain standard of music that I had to do from the beginning, even when I didn't have the recognition that I have now.


Quote: I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.


Quote: I can't help the way you was born if you was gay. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I can't help the way you was born if you was gay.


Quote: People are used to music that justifies street culture but something that's not touched on is why these kids act the way they act, live the way they live. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

People are used to music that justifies street culture but something that's not touched on is why these kids act the way they act, live the way they live.


Quote: My pops and my mom started playing Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers and all these people, but at the same time, they always had Snoop on right behind it in the same mix. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My pops and my mom started playing Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers and all these people, but at the same time, they always had Snoop on right behind it in the same mix.


Quote: From the moment I started writing raps, I was always aware of the pressure. I always wanted to live up to how huge Snoop got, how huge Dre got, how huge Pac got. I was always aware. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

From the moment I started writing raps, I was always aware of the pressure. I always wanted to live up to how huge Snoop got, how huge Dre got, how huge Pac got. I was always aware.


Quote: The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know that you're making a mistake but let you go on with it, that's when it ruins your mind state as an artist. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know that you're making a mistake but let you go on with it, that's when it ruins your mind state as an artist.


Quote: I look at where I'm at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I look at where I'm at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.


Quote: We're in the last days, man -- I truly, in my heart, believe that. It's written. I could go on with biblical situations and things my grandma told me. But it's about being at peace with myself and making good with the people around me. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

We're in the last days, man -- I truly, in my heart, believe that. It's written. I could go on with biblical situations and things my grandma told me. But it's about being at peace with myself and making good with the people around me.


Quote: Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do and get across and sound like. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do and get across and sound like.


Quote: I'm sticking to the script, I'm putting that organic feeling back in the game. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'm sticking to the script, I'm putting that organic feeling back in the game.




Quote: Being acknowledged for your work is always a great accomplishment, whether it's people in my city, kids in the street, all the way up to the Grammys. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Being acknowledged for your work is always a great accomplishment, whether it's people in my city, kids in the street, all the way up to the Grammys.


Quote: I'm only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I'm only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.


Quote: I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that's going on. I feel like I'm in my own bubble. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that's going on. I feel like I'm in my own bubble.


Quote: If my edge is dull, my sword is dull, and I don't want to fight another guy whose sword is dull. If you've got two steel swords going back and forth hitting each other, what's gonna happen? Both of them are going to get sharper. Everybody that's in the industry has lost their edge. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of Kendrick Lamar quote: If my edge is dull, my sword is dull, and I don't want to fight another guy whose sword is dull. If you've got two steel swords going back and forth hitting each other, what's gonna happen? Both of them are going to get sharper. Everybody that's in the industry has lost their edge.- black text on quotes background

If my edge is dull, my sword is dull, and I don't want to fight another guy whose sword is dull. If you've got two steel swords going back and forth hitting each other, what's gonna happen? Both of them are going to get sharper. Everybody that's in the industry has lost their edge.


Quote: People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing -- continue to rock it -- because obviously, God wants you here. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing -- continue to rock it -- because obviously, God wants you here.


Quote: When everybody looks at our generation of kids, they always call us the misfits -- you know, like we just don't give a damn. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

When everybody looks at our generation of kids, they always call us the misfits -- you know, like we just don't give a damn.


Quote: Whenever I make music, it reflects where I'm at mentally. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

Whenever I make music, it reflects where I'm at mentally.


Quote: When I ask OGs why there's so much division in the streets, nobody never really knows. But you know one thing that everybody always mention? A woman. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

When I ask OGs why there's so much division in the streets, nobody never really knows. But you know one thing that everybody always mention? A woman.


Quote: When I went back to my old high school, all these kids looking at me like I'm the real big homie, the same way I look at Jay Z, Nas, or Dr. Dre. You would've thought Michael Jackson walked through that joint off the excitement that they had. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

When I went back to my old high school, all these kids looking at me like I'm the real big homie, the same way I look at Jay Z, Nas, or Dr. Dre. You would've thought Michael Jackson walked through that joint off the excitement that they had.


Quote: My passion is bringing storylines around and constructing a full body of work rather than just a 16-bar verse. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My passion is bringing storylines around and constructing a full body of work rather than just a 16-bar verse.


Quote: My moms always told me, 'How long you gonna play the victim?' I can say I'm mad and I hate everything, but nothing really changes until I change myself. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

My moms always told me, 'How long you gonna play the victim?' I can say I'm mad and I hate everything, but nothing really changes until I change myself.


Quote: When you go on your Twitter or look down your Timeline and it's all great positivity -- I love that. But at the same time, it can really divert you from what your purpose is or what you're trying to do. And I've seen artists get caught up in that. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

When you go on your Twitter or look down your Timeline and it's all great positivity -- I love that. But at the same time, it can really divert you from what your purpose is or what you're trying to do. And I've seen artists get caught up in that.


Quote: I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place.


Quote: I don't really believe in the type of pressure that people are wanting to put on the type of music that I make. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I don't really believe in the type of pressure that people are wanting to put on the type of music that I make.


Quote: I don't want to be something that just comes and goes. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I don't want to be something that just comes and goes.


Quote: I've been called a recluse. There's definitely truth in that. I like to spend time alone. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

I've been called a recluse. There's definitely truth in that. I like to spend time alone.


Quote: At first, I was scared to show fear because you can never be sure how people will perceive you. But I dared myself to do that, to stand out. Now I'll talk about being beaten up or robbed or making a stupid decision because of a girl or whatever. by author Kendrick Lamar overlaid on photo of photo of author Kendrick Lamar with quote

At first, I was scared to show fear because you can never be sure how people will perceive you. But I dared myself to do that, to stand out. Now I'll talk about being beaten up or robbed or making a stupid decision because of a girl or whatever.


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