Rap. It is difficult to imagine a more extraordinary current in the music industry. The very fact that the musical accompaniment for the lyrics was created by mixing existing music compositions, raises this genre in a separate category. However, any fan of rap will tell you that’s not the way to create vocal (in fairness it should be noted that the recorded sample of the backing is less than 50% of the total), and the text read on top of it.
In this respect, rappers can be compared to bards of the period of the Soviet thaw. Rapper Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (as is its full name) is considered to be a well-deserved successor of the traditions of their predecessors, including the notorious and Tupac Shakur.
Childhood and youth
Birthplace of rap artist in the city of Compton (California), where his parents moved from Chicago (Illinois). This event took place on June 17, 1987. The boy received his name in honor of the singer of the band “the Temptation” Eddie Kendricks. When Kendrick grew up, he went to Centennial High School.
Lamar was 9 years old when his father brought him to the shooting of 2Pac and Dr. Dre. The video was filmed on a hit song “California Love”, which at that time sounded everywhere. This event left a strong impression on Kendrick, and later led to the idea, too, to become a rapper. Did not stop the boy, even the murder of Tupac that took place on 7 September of the same year.
By the age of 12, the boy managed to collect a serious music library, in which a special place was allocated creativity 2pac, the notable B. I. G., Mos Def, Eminem, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Nas and DMX. Their works influenced the formation of Kendrick’s own point of view, his life principles and priorities.
In 2003, the guy released his debut mixtape “Hub city threat: Minor of the Year”. The first creative pseudonym of Kendrick is K-Dot (derived from first and last names). To help with the distribution of the debut mixtape Lamar volunteered a small company “Konkrete Jungle Muzik”.
In 2007, K – Dot released its second mixtape, “Training Day”, named after the eponymous film. After another two years they released their third mixtape called “C4″, referring listeners to the plastic explosives used for military purposes. However appropriate the name of result mixtape no avail. Then the artist decides to carry out a kind of rebranding, resulted in” the Kendrick Lamar EP”, released in December 2009.
Actually, the release of” the Kendrick Lamar EP ” was the beginning of the professional career of the artist. The success mini-album made to pay attention to Kendrick employees of the label “Top Dawg Entertainment”. The first project created by Lamar at TDE was the “Overly Dedicated” mixtape released on September 23, 2010. The individual tracks from this mixtape sound on the tour that Lamar played with Tech N9ne and Jay Rock in 2010 .
However, next year Kendrick cancels the contract with” Top Dawg Entertainment “and on July 2 he released his full debut album” Section 80″, already as an independent artist. By this point, Lamar had to work with Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, the game and Snoop Dogg, and the XXL edition mentioned him among the promising newcomers of the year.
In 2012, Kendrick signed a new contract with Aftermath (a subsidiary of Interscope). On this label goes the second Studio album rapper – “Good Kid. M. A. A. D. City”. The album was a success, and even received the title of platinum, and the video for the song “Swimming Pools” played on all music channels.
Tour, which presented ” Good Kid. M. A. A. D. City”, began immediately after the return of Lamar from round “Drake”, in which Kendrick, 2 Chainz and ASAP Rocky opposed on warming.
In 2013, Lamar released collaborations with Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Big Sean and other artists, as well as a soundtrack for the next part of the game “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon”.
Next year, Kendrick went on to record “sovmesti” with other performers, lit up for the evening show, Jimmy Fallon and began working with the firm “Adidas”.
On March 15, 2015, the rapper released his highly anticipated third album, “to Pimp a Batterfly”. This album is Kendrick’s edition of “the Rolling Stones” and “The New York Times” unanimously named the best album of the year. In the same year, the 57th Grammy awards ceremony was held, at which Lamar received 11 nominations. More than he at once received only Michael Jackson.
Also in 2015, the rapper appeared in the video Taylor swift, where they performed a joint song “Bad Blood”, and in the feature film” Straight from Compton “(in Russian localization was called” Voice of the streets”), dedicated to the legendary group”N. W. A”.
The following year was marked by regular collaborations (like the track “the Greatest”, recorded with Sia) and the release of “Untitled Unmastered” – an album consisting of demos, not included in “to Pimp a Batterfly”. In the same year, Time magazine included the rapper’s list of the 100 most influential people of the year.
Musicians, actors and other people have no creative and spiritual professions of personal life as such. But Kendrick was lucky.
In 2015, the rapper announced an engagement with a girl named Whitney Alford, who once Lamar was in the same school. Kendrick says that she has him every support and that without it he would already have given up.
Kendrick Lamar now.
On April 14, 2017, the guy released his fourth album – “DAMN”. A new sound at the crossroads of genres, the strong emphasis in the gospel theme, and also the former straightness and raising sensitive social topics gave proper effect, the album shot. The participation of foreign artists, among which flashed Rihanna, Zacari and the band “U2”, also contributed to the popularity of the songs. The leader of charts and charts was the track “Humble”, which was released March 30, 2017 clip, which is the quintessence of the entire album.
Information about the dates when the concerts will be held, as well as about their venues, appears regularly and is updated on the official website of the artist, as well as on social networks. By the way, their rapper does not like, preferring the good old live communication.
“I’m not a page in the “Twitter” and “Instagram” for me do agents. I am not friends with gadgets, and my mobile phone is regularly lost during touring trips,” says Lamar.
Now Kendrick can be found on the set and in the Studio. Preparation of new material is in full swing.
To somehow relax and unwind, the musician visits the sports grounds of his city, where he conducts training. This explains his good physical shape (height 168 cm, weight 67 kg) and endurance, really helping out Lamar on hours-long concerts.
- 2003 – ” Hub city threat: Minor of the Year»
- 2007 – ” Training Day»
- 2009- ” C4»
- 2009 – ” the Kendrick Lamar EP»
- 2010- ” Overly Dedicated»
- 2011 – ” Section 80»
- 2012 – ” Good Kid. M. A. A. D. City»
- 2015 – ” To Pimp a Butterfly»
- 2016 – ” Untitled Unmastered»
- 2017 – “DAMN»