Kendrick Lamar is best known for his popular hip hop releases, including the bestselling Section 80, which was his first publicly released independent album; the album was critically praised and was considered one of the best hip hop albums of the year. Since then, Lamar has continued to release critically acclaimed material, including works with many popular hip hop and rap artists such as Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Drake and Lil Wayne. But how much do you really know about Kendrick Lamar? Let’s take a look at some interesting trivia that will probably surprise you!
He went to the same high school as Dr. Dre
Both Lamar and Dr. Dre attended the same high school–Centennial High School in Compton; obviously, the two attended the school many years apart.
Lamar’s music was recommended to Dr. Dre through an Eminem connection
Lamar’s earliest music was uploaded to various social media, including his personal YouTube channel. Paul Rosenberg, who is the manager for Eminem, was impressed with what he saw and showed Dr. Dre some samples of Lamar’s videos. Dr. Dre eventually found Lamar’s video “Ignorance is Bliss,” which so impressed Dr. Dre that he reached out to Lamar after viewing it.
At one point, he didn’t own his own home or apartment
In 2013, Lamar admitted in an interview that he didn’t currently have a house or apartment to call his own; not because he couldn’t afford one, but because he was always at the studio recording, staying in hotels, or on tour, which made it unnecessary for him to go back to his own place.
He is firm with his anti-drug stance
Lamar has fought against the stereotype of drugs and music, particularly hip-hop and rap, going hand in hand. He has spoken out against using drugs multiple times, and has even included anti-drug messages in several of his lyrics. In an interview with MTV, he also spoke out against musicians promoting drug use in their music as a type of “fashionable trend,” particularly referencing several notable musicians who sing about “popping’ mollys” and other hard drugs, despite evidence that they don’t use them.
He didn’t always rap under his own name
Kendrick Lamar uses his own name–minus his full last name, which is Duckworth–for his music career. That wasn’t always the case, however. When he was much younger, he decided to create a stage name, similar to the many rappers and hip hop artists he looked up to; this stage name was K. Dot. Lamar eventually decided that he preferred using his real name because he felt it helped audiences connect with him as a specific person with talent, rather than simply thinking of him as just another young, anonymous kid who could rap. He also felt that going by his real name was a way for him to better represent who he was, and where he came from, which was hidden when he was rapping under the stage name K. Dot.