• Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is a rapper and songwriter from Compton, California, with a net worth of $18 million.
• He was inspired to rap as a young boy after seeing Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur film a video in his hometown.
• His debut mixtape, "Youngest Head N*gga in Charge", released in 2003, and was his first step to fame.
• He has released four studio albums, each of which has achieved critical acclaim, and has collaborated with a number of artists including Taylor Swift and Rihanna.
• He is a Christian and is engaged to his long-term girlfriend, Whitney Alford.

Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 17, 1987
Fact2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G, Eminem, Jay-Z and Nas are his 5 favorite artists.

Who is Kendrick Lamar?

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born on 17 June 1987, in Compton, California USA, and is best known as a rapper and songwriter who released albums such as “Good Boy, M.A.A.D City” and “To Pimp a Butterfly”. His skills are praised in all media and, throughout his career, this rapper has reached the top of the worldwide charts.

Net Worth

So just how rich is Kendrick Lamar as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, this singer has a net worth of $18 million, accumulated from his over 15 years-long career in the previously mentioned field. According to some sources, Kendrick has recently bought a house in Calabasas, California.

Early Life

Kendrick is a son of Kenny Duckworth, a member of the street gang called Gangster Disciples in Chicago, Illinois, and was named in honor of singer/songwriter Eddie Kendricks. In 1995, aged only eight, Kendrick saw his idols, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur filming the music video for their song entitled “California Love”, which was one of the crucial moments in his life, in addition to his education at McNair Elementary, and in addition at vanguard learning center, located in the Compton Unified School District. As a teenager, he studied at the Centennial High School located in the same city, and was a straight-A student there.

The Beginning of the Career

Kendrick began rapping at a young age, and aged only 16 released his debut mixtape, under the title “Youngest Head N*gga in Charge”, using the stage name K-Dot, and released through Konkrete Jungle Muzik, and gained Lamar recognition among the local audience. He then signed a deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, at that time a new indie record label based in Carson, California. Lamar began recording with them in 2005, and released a mixtape consisting of 26 tracks under the title “Training Day”. In the following years, he collaborated with other West Coast rappers, including Jay Rock and Ya Boy, and was an opening act for The Game, a veteran West Coast rapper, and under the same name of K-Dot, Kendrick was featured in The Game’s songs such as “Cali N*ggas” and “The Cypha”. In 2008, he was featured in Jay Rock’s “All My Life (In the Ghetto)”, also collaborated with Lil Wayne and backed by Warner Bros. Records. Later on, he made a video of a live performance of a Charles Hamilton show, which allowed him to gain even more recognition in the rap world.

2010 – 2011

In 2011, Lamar released the studio album entitled “Section.80” through Top Dawg Entertainment, featuring artists such as GLC, Colin Munroe, Schoolboy Q and Ashtrobot. The lyrics of the album focused on topics such as medication tolerance, racism and the crack epidemic, and received a positive response from the audience and critics, was certified gold by the RIAA, and charted on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard), US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) and US Heatseekers Albums lists, peaking at number one on the latter.

2012 – 2013

In early 2012, a song by Kendrick, entitled “Cartoon and Cereal” was leaked online; subsequently the singer revealed that he was planning on releasing it on his major-label debut album, and had plans to shoot the video for it, however, the song didn’t end up on the album, despite its eventual commercial success. In March of the same year, MTV announced that Kendrick had signed a record deal with Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment, which ended to his career as an independent artist. Under the new deal, the singer released his album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”, which was consisted of tracks such as “Money Tree”, “Poetic Justice”, and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and again generated a positive response from the critics and the audience, peaking at number one on US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard), US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) and US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard), as well as  achieving success in countries such as the UK and New Zealand.

2014 – 2016

In 2015, the singer released another, long-awaited album under the title “To Pimp a Butterfly”, which featured tracks such as “King Kunta”, “These Walls” and “For Free”, including topics such as racial inequality, history and religion,  and which achieved great success, peaking at number one on Australian Albums (ARIA), Canadian Albums (Billboard), New Zealand Albums (RMNZ), UK Albums (OCC), US Billboard 200, US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard), and on the Billboard Top 100 chart. Also in 2015, Kendrick was featured on the official remix of “Bad Blood”, a critically appraised song made by Taylor Swift, and also made an appearance in the music video for the song.

2017 – Present

In March 2017, the singer released “The Heart Part”, a promotional single and one week later released the lead single, entitled “Humble” and additionally uploaded the music video for the song. In April, Lamar’s fourth studio album entitled “Damn” was released, featuring guests such as Rihanna, U2 and Zacari, and consisting of 14 songs such as “Loyalty”, “Feel”, “Humble” and “Blood”. Subsequently, Kendrick’s efforts were recognized with the awards of the BET Hip Hop for Album of the Year, American Music for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, and Grammy for Best Rap Album, among others, and “Damn” was certified gold in Australia and Austria, platinum in Denmark and double platinum in the US, having sold more than a million copies.


Kendrick has stated that he looks up to artist such as Tupac Shakur, Jay Z, Nas, The Notorious Big and Eminem, adding that among them, Shakur was his biggest inspiration for both his career and his lifestyle. In 2011 in an interview with Rolling Stone, he mentioned Snoop Dogg and Mos, and later on, he cited the rapper DMX as another influence.


Lamar has been named “the new king of hip hop” several times, and even he refers to himself as the “greatest rapper alive”, and “the king of New York”. Speaking about his preferred music genre, Lamar said that his music cannot be categorized, describing it as “human music”, incorporating jazz, funk and spoken word poetry in his songs.

Religious Beliefs

When it comes to Lamar’s religious beliefs, he is a Christian, who converted after the death of a close friend, and has been open about his faith, both in interviews and in music. He was baptized in 2013, and since then has been crediting God for his success. In 2014, he dressed up as Jesus Christ for Halloween, explaining it with the following statement: “If I want to idolize somebody, I’m not going to do a scary monster, I’m not gonna do another artist or a human being—I’m gonna idolize the Master, who I feel is the Master, and try to walk in His light.”

Relationship Status and Social Media

When it comes to Kendrick’s love life, he has been engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Whitney Alford since April 2015, but there are no other public records regarding his dating history. Lamar is active on social media such as Twitter and Instagram, and is followed by 10.5 million people on the former and 9.3 million on the latter.

General Info

Full NameKendrick Lamar
Date Of BirthJune 17, 1987
Height1.65 m
Weight148 pounds
ProfessionLyricist, Rapper, Songwriter, m.A.A.d city, Alright, Bitch, Don?'t Kill My Vibe, Indio, CA, United States, Miami, FL, United States
EducationCentennial High School


ParentsKenny Duckworth, Paula Oliver, m.A.A.d city, Alright, Bitch, Don?'t Kill My Vibe
PartnerWhitney Alford, Whitney Alford


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Rap Album, Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration, BET Award for Best Collabo...
Music GroupsBlack Hippy
NominationsGrammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance, Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video, MTV Video Music Award ...

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1His third album "To Pimp A Butterfly" is the highest rated rap album in Metacritic and the 4th highest ranked album of all time with a score of 96/100.
2His mother gave him the name "Kendrick" in honor of singer "Eddie Kendricks".
32Pac, The Notorious B.I.G, Eminem, Jay-Z and Nas are his 5 favorite artists.




The Intern2015/Iperformer: "i" / writer: "i"
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2014-2015TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Ballers2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
BET Awards 20152015TV Movie performer: "Alright" / writer: "Alright"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series writer - 4 episodes, 2014 - 2015 performer - 1 episode, 2014 lyrics - 1 episode, 2014
Taylor Swift: Bad Blood2015Video short performer: "Bad Blood" / writer: "Bad Blood"
The Brit Awards 20152015TV Special writer: "All Day"
Rap Critic Reviews2012-2015TV Series performer - 4 episodes
The Colbert Report2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night LiveTV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2013 - 2014 writer - 3 episodes, 2013 - 2014
Waterloo Road2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kendrick Lamar: I2014Video short performer: "I" / writer: "I"
Red Band Society2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
No Good Deed2014/Iperformer: "Let Us Move On" / writer: "Let Us Move On"
Think Like a Man Too2014performer: "Give It 2 U" / writer: "Give It 2 U"
Million Dollar Arm2014performer: "What Lies Beneath" / writer: "What Lies Beneath"
The Amazing Spider-Man 22014performer: "It's On Again" / writer: "It's On Again"
Divergent2014performer: "Backwards" / writer: "Backwards"
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV Special performer: "Radioactive", "m.A.A.d City"' / writer: "m.A.A.d City"'
American Music Awards 20132013TV Special performer: "Swimming Pools Drank", "Poetic Justice" / writer: "Swimming Pools Drank", "Poetic Justice"
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game performer: "ILLuminate", "A.D.H.D.", "Hood Gone Love It", "Swimming Pools drank", "Collard Greens" / writer: "ILLuminate", "A.D.H.D.", "Swimming Pools drank", "Collard Greens"
2013 MTV Video Music Awards2013TV Special performer: "Give It 2 U" / writer: "Give It 2 U"
Saints Row IV2013Video Game performer: "Swimming Pools Drank" / writer: "Swimming Pools Drank"
The Hangover Part III2013performer: "F**kin' Problems" / writer: "F**kin' Problems"
Late Show with David LettermanTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
NeoParadise2012TV Series performer - 1 episode


Kendrick Lamar: These Walls2015Video short
Kendrick Lamar: I2014Video short as Kendrick Duckworth


Taylor Swift: Bad Blood2015Video shortWelvin Da Great


Armed Robbery: A Hood Masterpiece2015Short grateful thanks


The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHimself - Performer
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Retro 302015TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2014TV SeriesHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Saturday Night Live2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Kendrick Lamar: I2014Video shortHimself
The Message2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself(2014)
IHeartRadio Music Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
The Hip-Hop Fellow2014DocumentaryHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee / Performer
American Music Awards 20132013TV SpecialHimself - Performer
GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
2013 BET Hip Hop Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
LA Live the Show2013TV SeriesHimself - ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2013 MTV Video Music Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
BET Awards 20132013TV SpecialHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2013TV SeriesHimself - Musical guest
Late Show with David Letterman2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHimself, musician
NeoParadise2012TV SeriesHimself
Conan2012TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
2012 BET Hip Hop Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Vevo's Stylized2012TV Series
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself
RapFix Live2011TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2015BET AwardBET AwardsBest Male Hip Hop Artist
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap PerformanceFor the song "i."
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap Song
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Video of the YearTaylor Swift: Bad Blood (2015)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best CollaborationTaylor Swift: Bad Blood (2015)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Direction
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Cinematography

Nominated Awards

2015BET AwardBET AwardsCoca-Cola Viewers' Choice AwardFor the song "i."
2015Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Original SongThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Male Artist
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding SongSong: "i"
2015Special AwardImage AwardsEntertainer of the Year
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Music VideoKendrick Lamar: I (2014)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Video of the YearFor the video "Alright."
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Male VideoFor the video "Alright."
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Hip-Hop VideoFor the video "Alright."
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best DirectionTaylor Swift: Bad Blood (2015)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Choreography
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Visual EffectsTaylor Swift: Bad Blood (2015)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Art DirectionTaylor Swift: Bad Blood (2015)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best EditingTaylor Swift: Bad Blood (2015)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best CinematographyTaylor Swift: Bad Blood (2015)
2015VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Song of the Summer
2014BET AwardBET AwardsBest Male Hip Hop Artist
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest New Artist
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap PerformanceFor the song "Swimming Pools (Drank)."
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap AlbumFor the album "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City."
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap/Sung Collaboration
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest R&B Performance
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap Song
2014GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of the Year
2013VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Male Video(for the video "Swimming Pools (Drank)")
2013VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Hip-Hop Video
2013VMAMTV Video Music Awards (VMA)Best Hip-Hop Video(for the video "Swimming Pools (Drank)")
2013VGXSpike Video Game AwardsBest Song in a GameGrand Theft Auto V (2013)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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