Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is born in Compton, California on June 17th.
Kendrick visits filming of Tupac and Dr. Dre music video for "California Love," which quickly became an enormously influential event in Kendrick's life and music.
At the age of 13, Kendrick Lamar begins writing down raps.
Kendrick Lamar begins working with his friend Dave Free on mixtapes in his garage.
Kendrick Lamar, adopting the alias K-Dot, releases his first mixtape, Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year).
After gaining some recognition and praise for his first mixtape, Kendrick Lamar signs a record deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, an independent label based in Carson, California.
Kendrick Lamar meets Jay Z and signs with Def Jam Recordings for a brief period.
Kendrick releases his 2nd mixtape, Training Day, under the alias K-Dot.
Kendrick Lamar releases his 3rd mixtape, C4, which is highly inspired by Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III.
Kendrick Lamar drops the pseudonym K-Dot and releases the Kendrick Lamar EP.
Kendrick Lamar creates a super group called Black Hippy with his label mates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q.
Kendrick Lamar releases the mixtape Overly Dedicated. The song “Ignorance is Bliss” attracts the attention of Dr. Dre.
Kendrick Lamar is featured on XXL's coveted Freshman cover.
Kendrick Lamar releases his debut independent album, Section.80.
Kendrick Lamar is crowned “The New King of the West Coast” by the Game, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre.
Kendrick Lamar signs to Interscope Records and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. His following projects would be released jointly through these labels and Top Dawg Entertainment.
Kendrick Lamar releases his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, which sells 242,000 copies in its first week. The album is eventually certified platinum and receives 4 Grammy nominations including Album of the Year
Backstage at the MTV VMA awards, Kanye West personally asks Kendrick to join him for his upcoming Yeezus tour.
Kendrick Lamar delivers a devastating feature verse on Big Sean’s single “Control,” in which he calls out several fellow rappers by name (J Cole, Drake, Big K.R.I.T. and many others), eliciting countless responses and diss tracks from Hiphop artists all around the world.
Despite high expectations, Kendrick Lamar does not win at the 2014 Grammys. After the show, Jay-Z and Tyran “TyTy” Smith approach Kendrick to offer words of praise encouragement.
Kendrick Lamar receives two Grammy’s for his single “i”: Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
Kendrick Lamar’s 3rd album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is released one week ahead of schedule, breaking Spotify’s global first day streaming record (9.6 million). Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith claims the release was unintentional and blames Interscope Records for the error. Nonetheless, the album receives high critical acclaim although not achieving as much commercial success as good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Kendrick Lamar’s song “Alright” is sung as a protest chant against police brutality during Black Lives Matter conference at Cleveland State University.
Kendrick Lamar is nominated for 11 Grammy’s including: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Album, and Best Music Video.
Kendrick Lamar wins 5 Grammies! He wins: Best Rap Album of the Year - "To Pimp a Butterfly," Best Rap Song - "Alright," Best Rap/ Sung Collaboration - "These Walls," Best Rap Performance - "Alright," and Best Music Video - "Bad Blood."
Lamar’s February 15 Grammy performance of “Alright” was described as one of the most striking performance to hit the Grammy stage in years. His performance is in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and began with Black men in chains and in jail. It was described as speaking directly to the modern day black experience in America.
Kendrick Lamar releases Untitled Unmastered, a compilation album of demos that originated from the recording of 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Untitled Unmastered continues the sound introduced in To Pimp a Butterfly by heavily incorporating funk and jazz. Lamar previously performed multiple tracks on this album on The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and the 2016 Grammys.