Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his generation.
Raised in Compton, CA, Lamar began his musical career as a teen under the stage name K-Dot. In 2011, he independently released his first studio album, 'Section.80'. Lamar's major label debut album, 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City', was then released in 2012 to critical acclaim, debuting at #2 on the US Billboard 200 and later certified platinum by the RIAA.
His critically acclaimed third album, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' (2015) incorporated elements of funk, soul, jazz, and spoken word. It debuted atop the charts in the US and UK and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.
Lamar's received many accolades throughout his career, including 13 Grammy Awards. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. In 2018, his album 'Damn' became the first non-classical and non-jazz album to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music.