- All of 'Compton', the last song on good kid, m.A.A.d city. Kendrick trades bars with Dr. Dre, which represents a passing of the torch from Dre to Kendrick.
- The last verse of m.A.A.d city.If I told you I killed a nigga at 16, would you believe me?
Or see me to be innocent Kendrick you seen in the street
With a basketball and some Now & Laters to eat
If I mentioned all of my skeletons, would you jump in the seat?
Would you say my intelligence now is great relief?
And it's safe to say that our next generation maybe can sleep
With dreams of being a lawyer or doctor
Instead of boy with a chopper that hold the cul-de-sac hostage
Kill them all if they gossip, the Children of the Corn
They vandalizing, the option of living a lie, drown their body with toxins
Constantly drinking and drive, hit the powder then watch this flame
That arrive in his eye; this a coward, the concept is aim and
They bang it and slide out that bitch with deposits
And the price on his head, the tithes probably go to the projects
I live inside the belly of the rough
Compton, U.S.A. made Me an Angel on Angel Dust, what
If Pirus and Crips all got along
- The Intro/bridge on m.A.A.d city counts too.
They'd probably gun me down by the end of this song
Seem like the whole city go against me
Every time I'm in the street I hear
YAWK YAWK YAWK YAWK!
- For classic gangsta rap fans, the beat changing to a more old school-ish sound with bangin' drums, accompanied by MC Eiht's "Wake your punk-ass up!" is this, big time.
- His performance, in superb Motor Mouth style, on "Rigamortus".
- His freestyle to "Monster" by Kanye West is a Villain Song at it's finest.
- His scene-stealing, name-taking, bar-raising verse on Big Sean's "Control".
- It's short, but "Look Out for Detox" certainly counts.
- The remix to "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe", with Jay-Z, who K.Dot arguably one-ups.
- His world-beating verse on Big Sean's "Control" shouts out Sean Connery and 90s West Coast rapper Kurupt. It also disses Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus.
- His performance with Imagine Dragons at the Grammys. Better than it sounds incarnate.
- YMMV but the proof that TAYLOR SWIFT is apparently a huge Kendrick fan as she was going nuts during his performance. Narm Charm for sure but definite proof of the man's crossover appeal.
- "Alright" is a song that is largely about hope, and stands as the Hope Spot on Kendrick's otherwise very dark and introspective album To Pimp a Butterfly. The song's lyrical refrain ("We gon' be alright!") was used as a protest chant at Black Lives Matter protests when protesters were harassed by police officers.
- "The Blacker the Berry," full stop. From the incredible, intense beat, to the message, to the most sheer fury he's ever brought to the mic this side of "Control".
So don't matter how much I say I like to preach with the PanthersOr tell Georgia State "Marcus Garvey got all the answers"Or try to celebrate February like it's my B-DayOr eat watermelon, chicken, and Kool-Aid on weekdaysOr jump high enough to get Michael Jordan endorsementsOr watch BET 'cause urban support is importantWhen gang banging make me kill a nigga blacker than me?!
- And then there's The Reveal:
- The ending of "Mortal Man", just the fact that with impressive editing, we hear Kendrick talk to no other than Tupac Shakur in regards to political awareness, their influence one's career (in regards to this case, Kendrick and his influence in music) and the perspective of African Americans in the present time makes it more perfect.
- It also also be considered Kendrick talking to someone he looks up to, despite Pac being dead for years.
- Receiving 11 nominations in 9 categories at the 58th Grammy Awards (2016), the most nominations given to a rapper in one night and the second-most overall in one night behind Michael Jackson's 12 nominations in 1984.
- His politically-charged performance at said awards, which mixed basically every song on TPAB and blew the sound for almost 20 seconds, is nothing but raw, unadulterated, passion.
- How many musicians under 30 can say that they influenced David Bowie instead of the other way around? Kendrick can. Moreover, Lamar was genuinely touched to hear that Bowie had loved To Pimp a Butterfly and that it had inspired him to make ★, and wrote a two-tweet tribute to him after he died in January 2016.
- The entirety of "Black Friday", a remix of J Cole's "A Tale of 2 Citiez"
- The fact that "Untitled Unmastered", a utterly deep and great EP, was just Kendrick's outtakes from To Pimp A Butterfly.
- Kendrick returning to the spotlight and allegedly taking shots at Drake with "The Heart Part IV", the fourth installment of the Heart series.I put my foot on the gas, head on the floor
Hoppin' out before the vehicle crash, I'm on a roll
Yellin', "1, 2, 3, 4, 5
I am the greatest rapper alive"
So damn great motherfucker I've died
What you hearin' now is a paranormal vibe
- "HUMBLE." debuting at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, later rising to #1 after the album dropped, becoming both his highest-charting single and his first top 10 (and later #1) hit as a lead artist. It really shows how high his star has risen since GKMC came out 5 years before.
- "DNA" an epic song with an equally epic music video
- How epic you ask? Who else would you expect to be in it other than Don frickin' Cheadle (a.k.a. War Machine)(a.k.a. the ORIGINAL Kung Fu Kenny)
- This video where the audience sings Humble. As in an entire stadium full of people. Even Kendrick is stunned and needs to take a moment to recompose himself and continue his performance.
- I guess you could say he was...humbled.
- In April 2018, Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music, DAMN becoming the first non-classical/jazz album to do so.
- After accepting the Pulitzer, Lamar has added a new segment to his live show: A screen reading, simply, "PULITZER KENNY".
Awesome / Kendrick Lamar