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* ''To Pimp a Butterfly'' (2015)

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* ''To ''{{Music/To Pimp a Butterfly'' Butterfly}}'' (2015)

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* MassiveNumberedSiblings: He's one of six kids and one of almost 80 first cousins on his mom's side of the family.


* HumbleHero: Kendrick himself is this in real life for many people: He focuses a lot on returning love and care to his hometown of Compton and has said he'd never lose sight of where he came from and what he represents to the West Coast.

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* HumbleHero: Kendrick himself is this in real life for many people: He focuses a lot on returning love and care to his hometown of Compton and has said he'd never lose sight of where he came from and what he represents to the West Coast. He also believes this with regards to his family. He provides for them but doesnít want them to get spoiled. When his sister Kayla graduated from high school, he bought her a very sensible Toyota Camry rather than a flashy car. Kayla defended him on social media and said that sheís glad heís still got a good head on his shoulders.

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* NoEnding: ''To Pimp a Butterfly'' ends rather darkly with [[spoiler: Kendrick reciting a secondary poem]] to [[spoiler: Music/TupacShakur that relates to how the Butterfly and Caterpillar are NotSoDifferent and when asking for Pac's perspective]], [[spoiler: he gets no reply, tying to the theme of breaking the cycle, with Tupac unable to do so due to his death]].


* SilentPortagonist: A rare musical example with the outros in ''good kid, m.A.A.d city''. Kendrick isn't actually heard speaking in any of them, even when addressed, until the end of Compton, where he lets his mother know that he's borrowing her car.
--> '''K. Dot''': Mama, I'm fit'na use the van right quick! [[BlatantLies Be back...15 minutes!!!]]

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* SilentPortagonist: SilentProtagonist: A rare musical example with the outros in ''good kid, m.A.A.d city''. Kendrick isn't actually heard speaking in any of them, even when addressed, until the end of Compton, where he lets his mother know that he's borrowing her car.
--> --> '''K. Dot''': Mama, I'm fit'na use the van right quick! [[BlatantLies Be back...15 minutes!!!]]


* SilentPortagonist: A rare musical example with the outros in ''good kid, m.A.A.d city''. Kendrick isn't actually heard speaking in any of them, even when addressed, until the end of Compton, where he lets his mother know that he's borrowing her car.
--> '''K. Dot''': Mama, I'm fit'na use the van right quick! [[BlatantLies Be back...15 minutes!!!]]



* TrailersAlwaysLie: The meaning of "Backseat Freestyle" (a super arrogant and vulgar rap by a very ignorant young K.Dot whose yet to have his eyes truly opened to the consequences of the hedonist/thug lifestyle he follows) is essentially lost outside of the rest of the album. That didn't stop it from becoming a sequel where listeners would be prone to take its lyrics on its own merit without the context of later songs like "Money Trees" and "Real."

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: The meaning of "Backseat Freestyle" (a super arrogant and vulgar rap by a very ignorant young K.Dot whose who's yet to have his eyes truly opened to the consequences of the hedonist/thug lifestyle he follows) is essentially lost outside of the rest of the album. That didn't stop it from becoming a sequel where listeners would be prone to take its lyrics on its own merit without the context of later songs like "Money Trees" and "Real."

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** Kendrick and Music/LilWayne on "Mona Lisa".


* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: When it comes to ''DAMN.'' one can play the tracklisting forwards, to show Kendrick's narrator's ascent into discovering self-love and self-worth during a life of hardship; playing it in reverse (as seen on the ''COLLECTORS EDITION'') follows the narrator's descent into fear and loathing that ultimately ends in his death as another statistic.


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* {{Gamebooks}}: When it comes to ''DAMN.'' one can play the tracklisting forwards, to show Kendrick's narrator's ascent into discovering self-love and self-worth during a life of hardship; playing it in reverse (as seen on the ''COLLECTORS EDITION'') follows the narrator's descent into fear and loathing that ultimately ends in his death as another statistic.


** ''good kid, m.A.A.d city'' also fits...sorta.

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* NoYou: A dark example occurs in "BLOOD."


* HumbleHero: Kendrick himself is this in real life for many people: He focuses a lot on returning love and care to his hometown of Compton and has admitted said he'd never lose where he came from and what he represents to the West Coast.

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* HumbleHero: Kendrick himself is this in real life for many people: He focuses a lot on returning love and care to his hometown of Compton and has admitted said he'd never lose sight of where he came from and what he represents to the West Coast.

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* HumbleHero: Kendrick himself is this in real life for many people: He focuses a lot on returning love and care to his hometown of Compton and has admitted said he'd never lose where he came from and what he represents to the West Coast.


%%* LoveHurts: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gThiEx7NZQ Opposites Attract]]".

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%%* * LoveHurts: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gThiEx7NZQ Opposites Attract]]".Attract]]" implies this, and that's not even getting into the crap he went with Sherane in ''GKMC''.


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* MessianicArchetype: A subtle one and of course, humble one. [[http://www.complex.com/covers/kendrick-lamar-interview-turn-the-page-2014-cover-story/ Kendrick himself]] said he feels he's ''spiritually inspired'' by God himself into his music. He also credits Him as the reason he was able to survive the violence of Compton during the [=90s=]. In fact religion becomes a reoccurring theme throughout his music.


** Kendrick, Music/BigKRIT and Music/J.Cole on Music/DJKhaled's "They Ready".
** Kendrick and Music/J.Cole in general.

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** Kendrick, Music/BigKRIT and Music/J.Cole Music/JCole on Music/DJKhaled's "They Ready".
** Kendrick and Music/J.Cole Music/JCole in general.

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