Regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists of his generation, Kendrick Lamar first made his mark on the music scene with the release of a mixtape, under the name of K-Dot. This was picked up by Top Dawg Records, who signed the rapper, while he was aged only 15.
After Top Dawg started signing other established artists, such as Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, Lamar found himself in the position to release his first album, Training Day. This resulted in an offer from Aftermath Entertainment, the label founded by rap legend, Dr Dre.
Lamar’s lyrics are searingly honest, drawing on his personal experiences of racial discrimination, poverty and the underbelly of the streets of Compton. His music is equally complex, fusing old-school beats with jazz, funk and gangsta rap. His third album, To Pimp A Butterfly, is the perfect example of an artist at the peak of his powers.