Kendrick Lamar is a critically and commercially acclaimed American songwriter and rapper. He got the ball rolling as a teenager as K-Dot and released a mixtape that caught the attention of locals and ‘Top Dawg Entertainment’, the indie record label. His first retail release ‘Overly Dedicated’ brought him into the limelight. He later formed a hip-hop group and released singles and albums. Lamar also actively participates in tours and stage shows. He has worked with artists like Rihanna, Talyor Swift, Snoop Dogg and Jay Rock to name a few. He has bagged in 135 nominations and illustrious awards including ‘Teen Choice Awards’, ‘Grammy Award’, ‘MTV Awards’, ‘MOBO Awards’ and ‘The BET Awards’ amongst many. He was also listed among the ‘100 most influential people in the world in 2016’ by ‘Time’. Another huge role model in the hip-hop industry, Lamar’s thoughts, views, songs, music and lyrics are a source of inspiration and empowerment. Let us browse through the popular quotes and sayings by Kendrick Lamar that often challenge the ideologies, status quo and lifestyle of the society.
Whatever pressure I feel all comes from me, from within. I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.
Once I looked in the mirror and decided this is who I am, and I'm not scared of who I am, and I'm not scared that I can't be like you, and I'm good with just doing me, that's when I found myself, as a man.
And I'm not sure why I'm infatuated with death,
My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats...
Maybe cause I'm a dreamer, and sleep is the cousin of death,
Really stuck in the scheme of wondering when I'mma rest.
We're all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learn from them is the key.
We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?
The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know that you're making a mistake but let you go on with it, that's when it ruins your mind state as an artist.
When I talk to kids, I'm really listening. When I do that, we have a little bit of a bigger connection than me being Kendrick Lamar and you being a student. It's almost like we're friends. Because a friend listens.
If I'm gonna tell a real story, I'm gonna start with my name.
I always thought money was something just to make me happy. But I've learned that I feel better being able to help my folks, 'cause we never had nothing. So just to see them excited about my career is more of a blessing than me actually having it for myself.
My parents were fairly young in the city of Compton. So the things that they played - you know, that was the hip crowd. So I was being exposed to all these ideas, from Big Daddy Kane to Eazy-E to the Bay Area - Too Short, E-40 - you know, back to Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers.
I've got an extra-specific story about Dr. Dre. I saw him when I was 9 years old in Compton - him and Tupac. They were shooting the second 'California Love' video. My pops had seen him and ran back to the house and got me, put me on his neck, and we stood there watching Dre and Pac in a Bentley.