Rapper Kendrick Lamar poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Lamar's latest album "Section 80" was released on July 2, 2011 and generated buzz about the Compton-grown artist within the rap community.
Kendrick Lamar performs on Day 4 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on sunday, June 16, 2013 in Manchester, Tenn. Lamar is repped by TDE, Top Dawg Entertainment, and has stuck with the label throughout the years. He released his first album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" in 2013, which propelled him into the mainstream spotlight.
Kendrick Lamar throws up a fist in celebration after tossing the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Kendrick Lamar performs during the 2015 BET Experience at the Staples Center on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Los Angeles. Lamar released his hit single "i," which incorporates jazz rap and touches on the topic of self love.
Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles for his album, "To Pimp a Butterfly." With the influence of jazz and spoken word poetry, the album is said to be one of the best rap albums of all time and put Lamar into the "GOAT" conversation after it was released.
President Barack Obama joined by Kendrick Lamar, left, and Janelle Monae, right, speaks during an Independence Day celebration in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, July 4, 2016, for members of the military and their families. Obama said his favorite song in 2015 was Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost."
In this Sunday, April 16, 2017, Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Lamar dropped his third major label studio album that year, "DAMN," which served as his most introspective album to date.
After a five-year album drought, Kendrick Lamar returned to the spotlight with the release of part five in his "The Heart" series. In the video, Lamar is deepfaked as different Black celebrities, such as OJ Simpson, Kobe Bryant and Will Smith.