Kendrick Duckworth lamar grew up in Compton California, a city that is known for its violence and gangs. Though Kendrick grew up in a city full of gangs, violence and drugs he never got into it, Kendrick always was a good kid in a maad city. in 2005 kendrick signed to the Compton rap label "Top dawg entertainment" or "TDE". Under that label Kendrick released his best and most important music.
Kendrick released his first studio album "Section.80" in 2011, it was pretty raw but still filled with good lyrics. In 2012 he released his breakout album "Good kid, M.A.A.D city" an it is a very good album, butz nothing compared to his next album, "to pimp a butterfly" an album in which he adressed the reality of being black in america, growing up in compton and his alcoholism. For tpab he used many Jazz inspired sounds. His song "Alright" in which he says that whatever happens, "we gon be alright" and talks about his experience of being black in america, this song became the "Theme song" of the black lives matter movement. his next and newest album is "DAMN" it went more into the more mainstream genre and told storys but my favorite is in "DUCKWORTH." where he tells the story about how Top dawg, the founder and owner of TDE, once robbed a store where Kendricks father worked and thought about, what if Top dawg had shot his father and how Kendrick would have turned out, it was still a good album.
Kendrick has won 13 Grammys in total, and has the 3rd most nominations in one night ever with 11 just behind Micheal Jackson and babyface who both have 12. Kendrick is also the first non-jazz or classical musician to ever win the pulitzer prize, he recived the Generational Icon award from the seantor of the 35th district of california. In 2016 he also recieved the "key to the city" by the mayor of Compton, the city he grew up in. Many sites such as rolling stone and Billboard have included him in lists such as "top 10 Greatest rappers of all time" and they have ranked him as the greatest rapper of the 20s.