Kendrick Lamar

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Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper and songwriter. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg more.


Kendrick Lamar is a prime example of what a real rapper is. He's not a former gangster or a drug dealer. He raps his life story and his real life story of battling to stay straight growing up in Compton. Kendrick Lamar's beats are mellow, but his flow his faster than any others. It is insulting having Lil Wayne on this list above Kendrick Lamar. Lil Wayne has even stated that he cannot even touch Kendrick Lamar. On top of that there is not a single song on any of his albums that isn't real and amazing. His live performances topple everyone's. He has enough talent that he literally called out everyone in the game on his verse in control, and got everyone else to make rebuttal diss songs. No one else is above him or can even touch his talent. - mikeyj

He is THE REALEST NEGUS ALIVE! All his songs contain lyrics that have very deep meanings, and most of them don't blurt out what he wants to say (except The Blacker The Berry, but that song has to be one of his most recent yet his best work). One example is Swimming Pools, where he talks about a close person to him getting shot, but most just think of it as a club banger about alcohol. This is the most unique part about Kendrick Lamar. He has a flow of a dragon spitting fireballs, and breathless bars, making him one the biggest forces of hip hop history. His Control verse incinerated almost every rapper he worked with to ashes just to be on top of the game. And yes, yes he is. enough said, he got the game locked in hip hop of the 21st century folks!

I never really listened to rap before Kendrick. Maybe that'll discredit me to some, but hear me out. Growing up in a small town in Minnesota, hip hop practically didn't exist for me when I was growing up. Looking to expand my world view, I started searching for popular rappers, trying to figure out if there was someone I could get into. Kanye came and went, and I loved Outkast, but something wasn't exactly clicking. One day, I found Kendrick, and I got sucked in. His flow is sick, his beats are tight, and he speaks with a heart, all things that I appreciate. I guess hip hop clicked after I gave him a listen, and I've found hundreds of other rappers I enjoy, but Kendrick still sounds the best to me, especially in the modern Millenium.

I'm not saying that Kendrick is the best rapper ever, I'm saying he's the best rapper out right now. Give him his time and he will definitely climb up the ranks. "Look out for detox" was a 3 minute freestyle that can't be ignored. Have you listened to his albums? Both Section 80 and M.A.A.D. city are story books. He is the best story teller. He is hot and he knows it, listened to "Control" anyone? In due time he will be the best rapper ever.

As a 43 year old man who has grew up from the inception of hip hop to it's current state (Crying), I must say as far as message, flow, control, aggression, and presence there is no one currently better than Kendrick. You could honestly argue that he is top five all time. Listened too so much over the years that flows seem to be ripped off left and right but this guy has his own. I don't think I can liken him to anyone that I have heard before. As for the previous post I agree that Kendrick stole the show on The Game's The city. If I hadn't seen who's single it was I would have thought it was Kendrick's.I would also say that he outdid Pusha T on Nosetalgia. No diss on Pusha who is a great pure rapper in his own right. The only concern is that Kndrick doesn't need the autotune crap. It is limited on his stuff but still present. I guess it's the nature of the beast in music's current state. This young man is the true epitome of a master of the spoken word, which is something these new ...more

He will be the GOAT if not already. He is the example of what hip hop should be today. He changes his delivery, his flow, and even his voice for different characters. Not just like changing a pitch like Em, but completely altering his voice. He creates masterpieces in a "single" era. What I mean by that is, he creates albums that should be classics, but everyone is too focused on singles. Because of this, he doesn't get the respect he deserves. I honestly think he has surpassed dare I say, Pac, Biggie, and Em with his To Pimp A Butterfly. If you don't believe me, listen to the whole thing, not just a single song.

I think Kendrick Lamar is the most lyrical, poetical dude in the game. I mean listen to ADHD, Bitch don't kill my Vibe, Money Trees, and many more of his songs. He definitely should be top 10 in my opinion, he tells the indications of the subjects he possesses and just tells it like it is. He is easily relatable than any other artist out there, he is the voice of our generation.

Good kid maad city and To pimp a Butterfly were both incredible albums and will definitely be considered classics of our time. We will look back on Kendrick with reverence and nostalgia.

Similar to J. Cole, he stands out as a poet and a lyricist in a time of sellout-trash "rappers." He provides a fresh, very real perspective on city life, drinking, crime, etc. He is never afraid of exposing his feelings - his songs are filled with his raw emotion that provoke reflection.

Kendrick, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, and Logic are the new generation of rap and hip hop. They are undoing what Rae Sremmurd, Tyga, Future, Young Thug (the list goes on and on) have done. They are the testament that real emotion, powerful lyricism, and meaning is what "good music" should be like - that creativity does still exist in the rap industry.

And if for nothing else, Kendrick > Lil Wayne.

If you don't thing Kendrick is top three, go listen to ronald reagen era, ignorance is bliss, and kesha's song. Those three portray all the topical ways in which a versatile rapper must rap! He's doing something different, and I could seat here for an hour writing about him. Witty, flow, ingenious, voice, tone, presentation. FOCUS is something a lot of rappers lack but he has. The way he describes his past could make a white 50 year old beverly hills grown man feel like he grew up in compton! My favorite part about it, he doesn't attack "the struggle" angle and milk it for all it has like Meek Mill or logic! K dot is top notch my dudes

Kendrick Lamar has dropped 3 great albums in Section 80, Good Kid Maad City and To Pimp a Butterfly, the later two with a possibility of becoming rap history classics. The level of consciousness in both albums is impressive. In GKMC the story is coherent and tells a whole story song by song, until the end where he concludes his story. It is gives the feeling of a short film due to the intricate description in the songs. Furthermore, TPAB in itself is a record that exposes not only Kendrick's lyrical genius, but his understanding of how the background music has an effect on the listener. In this album we don't only hear the story, but we feel it with the use of specific sounds in specific moments of each song. Also, his experimentation with different types of music background make it an insanely interesting album. He is lyrically gifted and his music has a conscious effect, whether its with relating to the Black Lifes Matter movement or simply through the story of his life in Compton ...more

Kendrick Lamar is definitely the best rapper out right now. He is a good storyteller, and he raps about things that truly go on in this generation, you can relate to his music as if it were your own. He is truly the voice of this generation, he is famed so much for that exact reason. Mabye to the public he's not the best rapper in the world, but in my book he's number one. He has only been rapping for about 5 years and he already surpasses 99% of the rappers today.

I still think Eminem is the best rapper ever for now, but he's already at number one. Kendrick Lamar should at least make it to the top 3, To Pimp A Butterfly is one of my absolute favorite albums of 2015 and that's saying something for someone who doesn't even tend to like rap or hip hop music. This guy and Eminem are pretty much the only rappers I can really thoroughly enjoy as musicians, so Kendrick gets my vote to get him a bit higher than the number 14 spot he is at right now. At least let him win from Lil Wayne.

Three rap albums back-to-back-to-back that will go down in the history of the genre and a narrative voice that edges into the literary realm. A legitimate poet and writer who stands head and shoulder above his contemporaries. One of the rare and coveted artists who are legends in their own time, his is the voice of an entire generation describing a place and a time: Compton, California in a chaotic and connected world. We are all witness to the Ascension of King Kendrick.

K-Dot is 54? What has rap come to?! Kendrick is one of the best rappers right now! He should be top 10 hands down! He's original and speaks the truth, and by the way he's just getting started. He's only like 26 or 27, so he has plenty of years to rip other rappers a new one. He's number one in my opinion

Kendrick lamar is an amazing rapper with speedy lyrics smart rhymes and meaningful lyrics. Just listen to some of his songs and youll see why. Why is he behind rappers like lilwayne. At least lamar knows what he's saying and doesn't say random shit lake lilwayne. Kendrick lamar deserves to be in the top ten along with nas and dr. Dre

Lamar is way better than Tupac, biggie, and Eminem defiantly. Most of Eminem supporters are generic white people who only listen to Eminem and claim to love hip hop/rap, they only like him because he's white. Lamar uses real stuff such as politics and real life problems, no drugs or anything like that. He isn't a wannabe gangster, he uses the full English language to express his attitude towards his lyrics and uses complex words to make a bigger impact.

Eminem, Tupac, Biggie, and all them others have put themselves in a legendary spot that they do deserve, but Kendrick as a very new person to the game is the best technicality-wise and his story-telling abilities. Rappers like Eminem and Jay-Z (though I am a big fan of their music) are not as good as they used to be. Kendrick has an advantage in that he is a newcomer that sounds like a new-comer. He's also one of the very few people than focus on an album being an entire experience, with each song developing and being a backbone for other songs, rather than a collection of throw-away songs.

ONLY 71? For me Kendrick is my all time favorite rapper, he has the best flow and rhyming skills are awesome. He is getting way less attention then he deserves.

Kendrick Lamar is the greatest rapper of ALL TIME. Kendrick Lamar knows how to appeal to several different areas of Hip-Hop while still staying true to himself. Kendrick Lamar is an insanely talented lyricist, from verses that are funny and cheerful to hard and raw, Kendrick Lamar has something relatable, powerful, and flat out enjoyable for everyone. Kendrick Lamar takes every beat thrown at him and adapts to it, making his songs often catchy and radio worthy while still being very meaningful. On top of all that, Kendrick Lamar didn't have a Dr. Dre to hold his hand! Truly a legend.

I'm guessing he's ranked this low because not many people know him? He honestly the realest new rapper there is... He talks about his life and things that actually matter. And while he paints a vivid picture with his lyrics, he has sick flow and great punchlines to match. Mark my words, Kendrick Lamar will be a legend by the time he retires

REALLY? Kendrick Lamar is in the top 7 ever right now and has the potential to be the best ever... Good Kid, M.A.A. D City is a legendary album if you like him or not. His lyrics and flow put together are amazing and unbelievable, the only rapper with better delivery in my opinion is Tech N9ne, but his lyrics are kinda ridiculous. Kendrick Lamar should be top 10

Kendrick is easily the best rapper in the game right now, his flow is incredible and the meaning behind his songs shows something only a small amount of people can realize. he is living on pac's legacy. There's no doubt in my mind kendrick will get even better as the years go on and reach new heights that the rap game hasn't seem in a very long time

Kendrick is easily the best rapper in the game right now, and probably ever. He's able to deliver an outstanding message on each of his albums with creative lyrics and differentiating personalities on each of his songs. His music has a lot of power behind it because of this and there isn't another rapper alive or rapper that was ever alive that could make songs like "The Blacker the Berry", "Sing About Me", "FEAR." or "u".

He's been crowned the king of the west coast, all rappers love him, old school people say he's the future and young artists look up to him. Kendrick is smart, dedicated, and can rap his ass off. He's going to end up being seen as one of the defining voices of this generation of rap, if not all time.

By the time his career has ended, he will go down as one of, if not the, greatest rapper of all time. All four of his albums have received critical praise and commercial success, only comparable to Outkast and Kanye West. His lyricism and flow are unmatched. His album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is an instant classic, effectively coming across themes of race, sex, politics, depression, and love.