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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Kendrick Lamar on rock, mirror, change, myself, hate, music, life, success, inspire, fear, generation and experience.

117 Kendrick Lamar Quotes That Teach Us To Live Like A Boss

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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.

Am I the only one who measures time using songs? “Oh it only took me 4 songs to get here! that’s not to long!

- Kendrick Lamar

The opposite of love? Vice. Temptation. The negative influences that we have. The bad energy that comes around us and makes us do certain things. To me, it's always been a war between the two.

- Kendrick Lamar

I be off the slave ships, building pyramids, writing my own hieroglyphs

- Kendrick Lamar

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.

- Kendrick Lamar

Kids don't see hate in their eyes. They see the world, and living in it to the best of their abilities. And that's where love comes from for me.

- Kendrick Lamar

Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you

- Kendrick Lamar

I am a sinner....who's probably gonna sin again...Lord forgive me!

- Kendrick Lamar

I cut off my ears before i hear your advice and vice versa

- Kendrick Lamar

I'm standing on a field full of landmines doing the moonwalk hoping i blow up in time

- Kendrick Lamar

But what love got to do with it when you don't love yourself ?

- Kendrick Lamar

I live this life at a pace that anyone can go. Know your place, and dedicate your role ...To the faith that you'll die alone

- Kendrick Lamar

I'd rather not live like there isn't a God Then die and find out there really is Think about it

- Kendrick Lamar

The best way to describe myself would be...unpredictable.

- Kendrick Lamar

We all seem to stumble, planning our own demise, Getting the big picture, and making it wallet-sized.

- Kendrick Lamar

You can't have people listen to you unless you come to their world and then bring them to yours.

- Kendrick Lamar

It's the beauty in her, But when the makeup occur, I don't see it, All i see is a blur

- Kendrick Lamar

The message I'm sending to myself - I can't change the world until I change myself first.

- Kendrick Lamar

What separated me from all my homeboys is the fact that I didn't get caught inside the reality. I was always dreaming about doing something else or going somewhere else.

- Kendrick Lamar

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.

- Kendrick Lamar

Look inside my soul and you can find gold and maybe get rich. Look inside of your soul and you can find out it never exists...

- Kendrick Lamar

Don't you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing, from heaven is where you got it from

- Kendrick Lamar

Everybody looking at you crazy, What you gon' do? Lift up your head and keep moving, Or let the paranoia haunt you?

- Kendrick Lamar

We look so much on color that we forget about the soul.

- Kendrick Lamar

My rights, my wrongs, I write ‘til I’m right with God.

- Kendrick Lamar

Just let me be me, That's the only way I know.

- Kendrick Lamar

The one in front of the gun lives forever

- Kendrick Lamar

Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.

- Kendrick Lamar

My mind is living on cloud 9 and this 9 is never on vacation.

- Kendrick Lamar

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.

- Kendrick Lamar

We're all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learn from them is the key.

- Kendrick Lamar

We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?

- Kendrick Lamar

Tell me how I stay positive When they never see good in me

- Kendrick Lamar

I was a black sheep, but now I'm just a goat

- Kendrick Lamar

Life Will Put Many Red Lights In Front Of You, But Sometimes We Must Push On The Gas And Trust God

- Kendrick Lamar

We hurt people that love us, love people that hurt us

- Kendrick Lamar

If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?

- Kendrick Lamar

So next time you feel like your world is about to end, I hope you studied because He's testing your faith again.

- Kendrick Lamar

The sky is falling, the wind is calling Stand for something, or die in the morning

- Kendrick Lamar

Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.

- Kendrick Lamar

Tupac, Biggie, Jay. Your usual suspects. These were the people that was played in my household.

- Kendrick Lamar

When I ask OGs why there's so much division in the streets, nobody never really knows. But you know one thing that everybody always mention? A woman.

- Kendrick Lamar

In all my days of schooling, from preschool all the way up to 12th grade, there was not one white person in my class. Literally zero.

- Kendrick Lamar

My pops and my mom started playing Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers and all these people, but at the same time, they always had Snoop on right behind it in the same mix.

- Kendrick Lamar

My folks ain't graduated from high school or nothing like that, so we always had to struggle in the family - and I come from a big family.

- Kendrick Lamar

I knew I was blessed with a gift of having both parents.

- Kendrick Lamar

I'm putting out this free music, constantly putting it out.

- Kendrick Lamar

I'm just writing, writing, writing. I keep these tablets on me until I'm inspired to go back in and make the music. I never take a break from my pen, because I pride myself on that.

- Kendrick Lamar

People are used to music that justifies street culture but something that's not touched on is why these kids act the way they act, live the way they live.

- Kendrick Lamar

I always felt like there was a certain standard of music that I had to do from the beginning, even when I didn't have the recognition that I have now.

- Kendrick Lamar

I don't really believe in the type of pressure that people are wanting to put on the type of music that I make.

- Kendrick Lamar

The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It's scary.

- Kendrick Lamar

Before finding music, I didn't have too many aspirations. I wanted to hang out, make a little money from whatever I had to do.

- Kendrick Lamar

I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place.

- Kendrick Lamar

I used to consider the listener. But now I'm in a space where, if I'm not inspired, I can't really do the music. I can't feel it.

- Kendrick Lamar

Black and brown pride have been taught in my household for a long time.

- Kendrick Lamar

I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both.

- Kendrick Lamar

My mom's one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton.

- Kendrick Lamar

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.

- Kendrick Lamar

Being acknowledged for your work is always a great accomplishment, whether it's people in my city, kids in the street, all the way up to the Grammys.

- Kendrick Lamar

I'm selfish.

- Kendrick Lamar

The way people look at me these days - that's the same way I looked at President Obama before I met him. We tend to forget that people who've attained a certain position are human.

- Kendrick Lamar

You can have the platinum album. But, you know, when you still feel like you haven't quite found your place in the world, it kind of gives a crazy offset.

- Kendrick Lamar

People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can't knock it.

- Kendrick Lamar

You don't hear no artists from Compton showing vulnerability.

- Kendrick Lamar

As long as my music is real, it's no limit to how many ears I can grab.

- Kendrick Lamar

We're all put on this earth to walk in His image, the Master.

- Kendrick Lamar

Groups break up because they never got across what they wanted to do personally, and they have creative differences, and egos start to clash.

- Kendrick Lamar

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.

- Kendrick Lamar

I got a greater purpose. God put something in my heart to get across, and that's what I'm going to focus on, using my voice as an instrument and doing what needs to be done.

- Kendrick Lamar

Whenever I make music, it reflects where I'm at mentally.

- Kendrick Lamar

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.

- Kendrick Lamar

Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do and get across and sound like.

- Kendrick Lamar

I think that's why I put my energy into making music. That's how I get my thoughts out, instead of being crazy all the time.

- Kendrick Lamar

My passion is bringing storylines around and constructing a full body of work rather than just a 16-bar verse.

- Kendrick Lamar

As a kid from Compton, you can get all the success in the world and still question your worth.

- Kendrick Lamar

God to me is love.

- Kendrick Lamar

I don't vote. I don't do no voting.

- Kendrick Lamar

I can't help the way you was born if you was gay.

- Kendrick Lamar

Since day one, since the first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.

- Kendrick Lamar

Me, as a person, I grow. I'm like a chameleon. You know? That is a gift and a curse for me. But more so a gift, because it never puts me in a box.

- Kendrick Lamar

I'm sticking to the script, I'm putting that organic feeling back in the game.

- Kendrick Lamar

When I'm in the studio, I'm looking for creativity I haven't matched yet, a feeling I haven't felt. It's a high.

- Kendrick Lamar

I always tell people that if I move anywhere it would be Toronto.

- Kendrick Lamar

I'm constantly thinking.

- Kendrick Lamar

I like to let things breathe.

- Kendrick Lamar

I've been called a recluse. There's definitely truth in that. I like to spend time alone.

- Kendrick Lamar

It's a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve.

- Kendrick Lamar

I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that's going on. I feel like I'm in my own bubble.

- Kendrick Lamar

I'm only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.

- Kendrick Lamar

I think my vice would be outdoing myself.

- Kendrick Lamar

It's easy to forget who you are.

- Kendrick Lamar

My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop.

- Kendrick Lamar

When everybody looks at our generation of kids, they always call us the misfits - you know, like we just don't give a damn.

- Kendrick Lamar

My word will never be as strong as God's word. All I am is just a vessel, doing His work.

- Kendrick Lamar

I look at where I'm at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.

- Kendrick Lamar

I don't want to be something that just comes and goes.

- Kendrick Lamar

People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing - continue to rock it - because obviously, God wants you here.

- Kendrick Lamar

My moms always told me, 'How long you gonna play the victim?' I can say I'm mad and I hate everything, but nothing really changes until I change myself.

- Kendrick Lamar

I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.

- Kendrick Lamar

If I'm gonna tell a real story, I'm gonna start with my name.

- Kendrick Lamar