Born: 17 June 1987
Birthplace: Compton, California
Best known as: The rapper who did "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
<p>Name at birth: Kendrick Lamar Duckworth</p>
Kendrick Lamar is a hip-hop star from Compton, California, the rapper of the hit singles "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "Poetic Justice." He started under the name K. Dot, making mix tapes beginning in 2003. Thanks to a popular mix tape in 2010 (Overly Dedicated), Kendrick Lamar -- with a little help from Lil Wayne -- ended up with a record deal on an independent label. He released Section.80 in 2011. His major label debut was 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d. city, which spawned hit singles and earned Lamar praise from mainstream critics for his storytelling ability. He has also recorded dozens of collaborations, with hip-hop stars such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Drake.
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