MMH in case anyone forgot that I love Kendrick
Kendrick Lamar was born Kendrick Lamar Duckworth on June 17, 1987 in Compton, California. Kendrick’s mother named him after Eddie Kendricks. Although he grew up in Compton, his parents were from Chicago, Illinois. He was a straight A student while attending Centennial High School.
In 1995 Kendricks idols Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre filmed the video for “California Love”, which would have a great impact on Kendrick musically. When selecting his top 5 rappers Kendrick named Tupac, Biggie, Jay Z, Nas, and Eminem. Tupac influenced Kendrick the most of all rappers he admired. Not only did Tupac influence Kendrick musically, but also influenced his daily lifestyle. You can see this influence in the lyrical content Kendrick Lamar is known for. Kendrick also gave credit to Detroit-based rapper Eminem for his aggression on records. Other musical influences Kendrick named were DMX, Ice Cube, Kurupt, Snoop, Mobb Deep, and Prodigy.
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