25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is a lot of things to a lot of people. Some love him, some don't, but no one questions his talent. His star power was manifest in the tidal wave of reactions to his new single 'i' that he released earlier this week, almost two years after his critically acclaimed 'good kid m.A.A.d. city' debuted on Aftermath.
But part of the charm of that autobiographical album was it's restraint; we only get a day in the life of Kendrick Lamar, not the whole story. So while he's now an international star, there are still details about who he is that remain unknown to the general public. Until now.
While music fans await his next album with excitement, we excavated the K-Dot archives to find out what his guilty pleasure is, who he bit on his first mixtape and why Dr. Dre signed him. These are 25 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Kendrick Lamar.
Jay Z, Nas, 2Pac, Snoop, Biggie, Eminem, Andre 3000, Rakim, Kurupt, Method Man and DMX as an alternate 10.
His father put him on his shoulders so he could see, and it sparked his dreams to become a rapper.
“Given the fact that I do a lot of rapping in my music, off the record I’m really toned down, listening to Erykah Badu.” He does do a lot of rapping.
Dre anointed Kendrick in that very first meeting.
He's often quoted as wanting to make music that inspires young people who grow up in rough neighborhoods like he did.
She is his friend’s younger sister, and right after he saw her standing on a block known for prostitution, he went home and wrote the song.
Though the good doctor graduated way before Kendrick did, they both attended Compton’s Centennial High School.
The record was at once street rap while also mocking it.
That led Dre to 'Ignorance Is Bliss.'
It was called ‘Youngest Head N---- in Charge (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year)' under the name K-Dot.
From a piece called "The Four MC's That Made Kendrick Lamar." Peep how Kendrick sounds over 'Shook Ones' compared to P -- "Pockets got a melody, carryin' notes."
Charles was wandering around battling anyone who would step. Charles is known to get stepped to.
According to this Fader feature, he was in agreement with Jay Rock and Ab-Soul on the matter.
When the family moved to L.A., uncles and cousins kept gangbanging.
He says, “Pac also could've had that [top spot], but due to his passing, we'll never know if he'd have reached that.
K. Dot was rapping on ‘Tha Carter III’ beats for the mixtape.
His grandma always told him, "You ain't got to take a shower for four days, but put some fresh socks on and you'll feel better about yourself."
He was always either on tour, in a hotel or at the studio.
Tiffith pretended to ignore Kendrick, but soon had him in the studio with Jay Rock.
Here he is spitting for Dave Free and Anthony "Top" Tiffith.
These indie bands inspire him “ ... in terms of the melodics of things and certain tones and just what feels good. It takes me back to the type of music that I grew up on in my household.“