In the city…city of Compton, Kendrick Lamar grew up with a dream that was born at age eight–inspired by his heroes Tupac and Dr. Dre, after watching them film their music video for ‘California Love.’ Fast forward to age 16, when he released his first mixtape in 2003 under the pseudonym K-Dot, and we have the beginning of a young hip-hop legend. Starting his career with Top Dawg Entertainment as a hip-hop recording artist, Kendrick Lamar was put into the ring as a leader of the pack when it comes to music and entertainment. He’s been in the business since 2004, but a huge spurt in Kendrick Lamar craze came with the release of his platinum album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, in the fall of 2012. Embedded in this record were the singles that ran the radio and party worlds for months: ‘Swimming Pools (Drank),’ ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,’ and ‘Poetic Justice.’
Kendrick Rallies the Rappers
Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city album even scored a number two spot on the US Billboard 200 list. He recently accepted the title of the MTV 2013 ‘Hottest MC in the Game,’ and the Kendrick Lamar talent heat didn’t go unfelt by many of the biggest names in hip- hop. Kendrick Lamar has done work with artists Dr. Dre, Drake, Busta Rhymes, E-40, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Game, and Warren G, and Snoop Dogg, to drop a few names.
A Household Name
The name Kendrick Lamar grew to become one that had pushed its way through every set of lips when Kanye West announced in September of 2013 that Lamar would accompany him on the Yeezus Tour, and again when the young artist was the only rapper selected to be featured in Eminem’s eighth album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Kendrick Lamar continued to clean sweep the BET Hip Hop Awards later in the year, taking a victory lap to his recent eruption of success with five awards.
Keep the Awards Coming
2013 wasn’t the final stop of the Lamar hype train, as 2014 kept his name in lights with seven Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Rap Song, and Best New Artist. The momentum his career has picked up is no coincidence; Kendrick Lamar has the work ethic, ability, and confidence to make it in the supersaturated industry of hip-hop music. His peers weren’t pleased about a ‘call to arms’ verse Lamar dropped on Big Sean’s ‘Control,’ when he dissed the competition, challenging other young artists on the rise like J. Cole, K.R.I.T., Mac Miller, Wale, ASAP Rocky, Tyler The Creator, B.o.B., and Drake.
Kendrick Lamar knows how to stir up both controversy and attention, making some waves of fame and infamy alike that keep the tide high for his popularity. Whether you’re an OG Kendrick Lamar fan or if you’ve only recently boarded the bandwagon, you can’t miss the chance to see him perform ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ live in an actual swimming pool at the Daylight Beach Club in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 25th. Spend your Memorial Day Weekend the unforgettable way, in Sin City with Kendrick Lamar.