Kendrick Lamar is one of the most popular rap artists hitting the charts. From his first album release in 2010 to the independent release of his studio album Section 80, Lamar has gained recognition from legendary artists and a dedicated fan base in what seems to be a short amount of time. He has gained an impressive online following and recently worked along with prominent artists in the industry such s Snoop Dogg and The Game. This article is all about Kendrick Lamar net worth.
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born on June 17, 1987, in Compton, California. His parents were originally from Chicago and his father was a member of the gang known as the Gangster Disciples. He also had family who was tied to the Bloods.
Lamar’s inspiration for creating rap music probably came from the opportunity he had to witness Dr. Dre and Tupac film their music video for California Love when he was just 8 years old. The video for the hit single was shot in Lamar’s hometown of Compton. And that chance encounter left a lasting impression on his life.
Kendrick Lamar grew up in poverty, as his family received government assistance. Yet even with his struggles, Lamar managed to remain a straight-A student all throughout elementary and high school. This is an uncommon accomplishment for most children raised in low-income families.
In 2004, when Kendrick Lamar was 16 years old, he released his first full-length project. It is a mixtape of original songs under his stage name of K-Dot. The tape led Lamar on his path to success as it gained him local recognition. And also access to a recording contract with an indie label, Top Dawg Entertainment.
Kenrick began recording material for the label. A......l OLK<and released an additional mixtape containing 26 tacks two years later, titled Training Day.
Between 2006 and 2007, Lamar performed alongside other West Coast rappers including Ya Boy, The Game, and Jay Rock. He was also featured on one of The Game’s tracks, The Cypha under the persona of K-Dot.
He was later featured in the music video for Jay Rock’s song All My Life (in the Ghetto), helping him gain further recognition among fans of rap and hip-hop music. Lamar released his third mixtape, C4 in 2009 after a co-sign from Lil’ Wayne.
He dropped the stage name of K-Dot and chose to go by his birth name going forward. Several months later, he released The Kendrick Lamar EP and formed the hip hop supergroup Black Hippy along with label mates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q.
From that point, Lamar began going on tour with others from his label, released more mixtapes and digital albums, and collaborated with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. He signed to Dre’s label Aftermath Entertainment in 2010. That following year he announced the title of his next full-length production, Section 80 which featured the single HillPoWeR.
His album Section 80 went on to sell 5,300 digital copies during its first week, with very little radio or TV coverage and received many positive reviews from critics.
Lamar’s star continued to rise in 2011 with a new music video for his track ADHD, and an appearance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. He came up with an original song for use with Windows Phone marketing. He also appeared on several top-selling albums with other artists including Drake and Tech N9ne.
In 2012 Kendrick Lamar made his first appearance on 106 & Park where he discussed his upcoming collaboration with J. Cole. He released the song War is My Love for the video game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier and released his major label debut, Good Kid m.A.Ad city in October.
In 2013, Lamar had the opportunity to tour with Kanye West on his The Yeezus Tour. And later they name him Rapper of the Year by GQ magazine that following November.
Kendrick Lamar has a net worth of $18 million dollars. The rapper is currently in talks for a new publishing deal that is worth between $20 and $40 million. He is the fifth artist in history to chart 14 tracks on the hot 100 simultaneously, and in April he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, which is sure to cause his net worth to skyrocket in the coming years. This is the first time that the Pulitzer Prize has been awarded to a musician who is not in the classical or jazz category.
Kendrick Lamar has received plenty of praise for his original songs and raw talent. He recently compiled the entire soundtrack for the blockbuster Marvel Film The Black Panther, and performed at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in January of 2018, where he was nominated for seven awards, and took home five for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video, and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
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