One of the great young talents in rap music, Kendrick Lamar (full name Kendrick Lamar Duckworth) is a Compton born rapper who released his first mixtape at the tender age of sixteen. Having signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick continued to pump out acclaimed mixtapes and finally released his debut album in 2011, titled Section.80. The album won him great critical acclaim and revealed to the public the great potential the young MC had, including Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who crowned him the "New King of the West Coast" at a concert. With this, Kendrick signed to both Interscope and Aftermath and in 2012 released his second full length, good kid, m.A.A.d city, an album which has been highly regarded and held as one of the best albums of 2012.Kendrick is known for delivering politically charged, story driven, and often nostalgic lyrics, drawing on his experiences growing up in a bad neighborhood. This is particularly expanded upon in good kid, m.A.A.d city, an album all about his teenage years and experiences with drugs, alcohol and gang violence. He has cited Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Jay-Z, and Nas as influences for his music.
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