Earlier this year; Kendrick Lamar was crowned the new King of West Coast Hip-Hop by Dr. Dre, The Game and Snoop Dogg. Kendrick is possibly the most lyrically potent rapper I have heard since Nas in his prime; and with the help of Dr. Dre’s production, I am sure his debut album will be a bonafide classic. Here are a few interesting facts about the Compton, CA native to ponder on.
1. In 2003, Kendrick Lamar released his first mixtape titled ‘Youngest Head Nigga In Charge’ using the pseudonym K.Dot.
2. Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Recipe’ is his first single since inking a joint venture deal with Dr. Dre and Interscope Records.
3. Kendrick lists his top 5 favorite rappers of all-time as Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas and Eminem.
4. The Compton, CA native attended the same high school as his mentor Dr. Dre.
5. Kendrick is a member of the west coast rap crew “Black Hippy,” which includes Ab Soul, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock.
6. It was Kendrick’s single “Ignorance Bliss” from his ‘Overly Dedicated’ mixtape that caught the attention of Aftermath Records CEO, Dr. Dre.
7. Kendrick Lamar and “HiiiPower” producer J.Cole had promised fans a joint mixtape in May, but rumours have since died down.
8. Kendrick steals the spotlight on Drake’s ‘Take Care’ album with his verse on “Buried Alive.”
9. Kendrick’s favorite member of the 1990’s Hip-Hop supergroup Wu-Tang Clan, is Old Dirty Bastard.
10. Kendrick has a huge fan in label mate and pop prince Lady Gaga, as she has let the world know she is ready for his album to come out now!