Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer born on June 17, 1987. He is widely regarded as one of his generation’s most influential rappers. Along with his Top Dawg Entertainment (T.D.E.) labelmates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q, he is also a member of the hip hop supergroup Black Hippy.
In Compton, California, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born on June 17, 1987. The son of a Chicago couple. Despite not being a gang member, he grew up surrounded by them, with his closest pals being Westside Piru Bloods and his father, Kenny Duckworth, a Gangster Disciple.
His mother named him Eddie Kendricks in honor of The Temptations’ American singer-songwriter Eddie Kendricks. He was raised on public assistance and in Section 8 housing. Lamar observed his idols Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre recording the music video for their smash track “California Love” when he was eight years old, which proved to be a pivotal experience. Lamar attended Compton Unified School District’s McNair Elementary and Vanguard Learning Center as a child. His mother said that he was a “loner” until the age of seven, and he has admitted to being quiet and shy in school. He was a straight-A student at Centennial High School in Compton when he was a teenager.
Early and Personal life
Lamar began dating beautician Whitney Alford while attending Centennial High School. In April of 2015, the pair announced their engagement. Lamar and Alford had their first child, a daughter, in July 2019. Enoch, their son, was born a few years later. Lamar Young is the cousin of N.B.A. star Nick Young and rapper Baby Keem.
Like fellow rapper Schoolboy Q, Lamar is a fan of the Los Angeles Rams football team, and he appeared in an episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks in 2016.
Lamar is a genuine Christian who became a Christian after losing a friend.
In his music and interviews, he has been forthright about his beliefs. During Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour, he declared to the audience that he had been baptized in 2013. Lamar has attributed his stardom and “deliverance” from the crime that rocked Compton in the 1990s to God. “I received a higher 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,” he said in an interview with Complex in 2014. A variation of the Sinner’s Prayer appears in the opening lyrics of his 2012 album Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.
“I,” his song, is about his Christian beliefs. In 2014, he dressed up as Jesus for Halloween. He explained why, “If I want to idolize somebody, I’m not going to do a scary monster, I’m not gonna do another artist or a human being—I’m gonna idolize the Master, who I feel is the Master, and try to walk in His light. It’s hard, it’s something I probably could never do, but I’m gonna try. Not just with the outfit but with everyday life. The outfit is just the imagery, but what’s inside me will display longer.” Themes of religion and suffering reappear throughout his album Damn.
In the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, Lamar claimed, “I’m not a voter. I don’t vote, and I’m going to be honest with you. I’m not a believer in anything that’s going on in the World.” He continued by saying that voting was pointless: “When I say the president can’t even control the World, then you definitely know there’s something else pushing the buttons. They could do whatever they want to do, we[‘re] all puppets.”
He altered his prior remark that he would not vote in the 2012 presidential election, saying he would vote for Barack Obama since Mitt Romney did not have a “decent heart.” n January 2016, Lamar met Obama to promote Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. “We tend to overlook that those who have achieved a particular status are human,” Lamar said of the meeting. In an interview before the meeting, Obama stated that his favorite song of 2015 was Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost.” Kendrick Lamar makes a big deal out of his albums.
Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers was released without much fanfare or pre-album hype, according to Pitchfork.
The “thorny” double album, which contains everyone from rappers like Kodak Black to rock giants like Beth Gibbons of Portishead, rapidly became a hot subject on Twitter and received equal praise and criticism. Since his debut appearance on the scene in 2012, Kendrick Lamar’s form of hip-hop has been built on this foundation. Though it would take until his third studio album, 2015’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” to ultimately break into the mainstream, he swiftly established himself as the go-to artist for fans — and pros — looking for funk, soul, and spoken word in their Hip-Hop.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has multiple gold and platinum records, and his success in the music industry has contributed to his $75 million net worth. According to the publication, he is one of the highest-paid rappers on the planet, having earned $60 million in 2018, making him the highest-paid rapper.
Let’s take a look at the various methods Kendrick Lamar earns money.
Career in Music
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lamar has earned over $180 million in his career from music royalties, touring and merchandising, and other commercial activities. As of 2020, his net worth is expected to be $75 million.
He was able to amass such fortune primarily due to his musical prowess. He’s a well-known lyricist with an uncanny ability to connect with a wide range of people, selling out national arena tours and generating millions of views.
According to CNBC, he has sold over 17.8 million records. , received 29 Grammy nominations, and won 12 Grammys during his career.
Honors and works
With the stage moniker “K. Dot,” he’s been signed and attracted the attention of music legends like Lil Wayne since he was 16 years old. However, he acquired national recognition after releasing his second album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” in 2012. “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice” are among the album’s highlights.
And went on to sell over 1.1 million copies in the United States. Also, debut at number one on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Charts.
He’s received numerous honors throughout the years, including one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016. “DAMN,” his Pulitzer Prize-winning fourth studio album, was released in 2017. As the first Hip-Hop project to win, he made history. He then curates and produces the soundtrack for Marvel’s “Black Panther.”
The Most Profitable Hip Hop Tour
Kendrick Lamar had one of the highest-grossing Hip-Hop tours of all time in 2018, according to AfroTech. His “DAMN” tour grossed over 40 million dollars.
Other Business Opportunities
Kendrick Lamar’s various business activities have previously was by AfroTech. Such as when he founded pang with his longstanding business partner. It was Dave Free of Top Dawg Entertainment, in March of 2020.