Kendrick Lamar or call him K-Dot, is one of the most noteworthy rappers of the 21st century. He is not just a rapper but also a songwriter and producer with a net worth of 75 million dollars approximately, making him one of the richest rappers in the world.
At just the age of 33, he has set his standards high, being paid a great amount for his raps. He grossed 60 million dollars in just one year, this is his influence on this generation.
Kendrick has a huge collection of prestigious awards – 11 MTV Video Music Awards, 13 Grammy, a Pulitzer Prize, and many more.
Kendrick has earned approximately 180 million dollars to date. If we have to summarise his earning yearly.
It would go 9 million dollars respectively for 2013 and 2014. 12 million dollars in 2015, 19 million dollars in 2016, In 2017 it was 30 million dollars, 60 million dollars in 2018, and 39 million dollars in 2019.
Kendrick Lamar Early Life
Kendrick is a son of a lovely couple from Chicago born on 17th June 1987, in Campton, California.He was named in honor of American Singer Eddie Kendricks. Kendrick identified Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre as his idols after witnessing them in popular hit ‘California Love’.
Being brought into violent conditions by gang members, where the family battled to satisfy their daily needs. Kendrick proved to be an exceptional child and student.
For his elementary education, Kendrick went to McNair Elementary and Vanguard Learning Center, Compton Unified School District. Despite being a straight A-student, he was shy and quiet. He completed his intermediate education at Centennial High School, Compton.
Kendrick Lamar Career
Kendrick’s very own first mixtape – Youngest Head Nigga in Charge under the name K-Dot was released in 2004 when he was just 16 years old. The mixtape helped him acquire some local fame, and he got a contract with Top Dawg Entertainment as a result.
The year 2006 and 2007 can be recognized as struggling years, though he was able to get little recognition, worldwide fame was a long shot. He would perform with other upcoming rappers like Jay Rock and Ya Boy.
Lamar also appeared as K-Dot on “The Cypha” and “Cali Niggaz”- Game Tacks.2008 and 2009 saw him gain greater notoriety. He made an appearance in a music video “All My Life” under Jay Rock and made a collaboration with Lil Wayne (hip hop superstar).
After signing with Lil, he left his moniker name, K-Dot, and started to call himself by his real name Kendrick Lamar. The years 2010 and 2011 might be regarded as the years when he began to receive international notice.
He traveled much throughout this year and also released his very own first independent album, “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. The tape came out on market on October 22, 2012, produced by Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment.
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice” were two singles he performed on his first Saturday Night Live performance. He also collaborated with Adam Levine and The Lonely Island, which inspired the track “YOLO.”
Kendrick has also collaborated on scores of songs starring prominent musicians including Big Sean, Robin Thicke, and Drake in addition to studio albums. Good Kid, m.A.A.d city, Lamar’s second studio album, was released in 2012 and debuted at number one on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart and number two on the Billboard 200 list.
From 2013 onwards, Kendrick’s career was set to reach the heights with collaboration with Kenya West, getting featured on Magazines’ covers, getting nominated for Grammy, and also featuring with Taylor Swift.
Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly”, 2015 and “Damn”, 2017 both reached number one on Billboard Chart. “Humble” another brilliant single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The soundtracks in the movie Black Panther were also recorded by Kendrick.
With all this fame, he was offered many roles in a movie. So, in July 2018, he made his debut in acting. He played the role of a drug addict in the drama series “Power”.
Kendrick Lamar Personal Life
Whitney Alford and Lamar got engaged in 2016. They have known each other since high school. By profession, Whitney is a beautician. The childhood sweethearts were blessed with their first child in 2019.
Lamar follows Christianity, though he was addicted to cannabis but left it to follow Christianity. His albums like Damn have a reoccurring topic of faith and strife.
In the 2012 presidential vote, Lamar acclaimed that he would not vote and doesn’t people in all this shit. But later he decided to vote for Barack Obama, as he believed he has a ‘good heart’.
Brands like Nike and American Express also endorse him, which is helps his bank account to grow. He stood at number 95 on the Forbes List of “Celebrity 100” in 2019.