I am fully aware that it is unusual for any record to declare Kendrick Lamar as the greatest rapper ever, bordering on sacrilege in certain circles. Not only does Kendrick think he is the greatest rapper alive, many of his peers believe that he might wear the crown, too. I am not saying that only because a site I work at has named Kendrick Lamar the best rapper alive twice in separate headlines over the past year. Kendrick Lamar is without question one of the best rappers in Kendrick Lamars generation.
Kendrick Lamar has been one of the best rappers to ever come out bar-for-bar. Since making his major-label debut with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City in 2012, Lamar has been considered to be one of the most influential rappers of his generation. He is one of the most influential rappers of his generation, with a number of critically acclaimed albums under his belt, but it is the new videos that are making people look at Kendrick Lamar with fresh eyes. While contemporaries like Drake have had bigger hits, Lamar has earned ferocious respect as the most significant rapper of his generation.
There is only one artist from this era that has combined mainstream success with consistently groundbreaking albums, and one of my favorites is Kendrick Lamar. The conversation of how amazing his latest studio album, DAMN, is, and how great Kendrick Lamar is, is something that needs to exist, but naming anyone as great as ever tends to come at a time when rappers release classic albums, so it is kind of a cycle. In acknowledging Kendricks devotion to promoting unity and education for those that come after him, I have never found it to be too difficult to classify Kendrick Lamar outside of hip-hop versus socio-political figures like Martin Luther King in the same way I would like to compare other great rappers against each other, as while their media might be different, what they are trying to accomplish is similar.
Rather than taking one or two songs and making them socially/politically aware — as most rappers are inclined to do — Kendrick Lamar would take an entire album and make each song a statement. You get President Obama telling everyone Kendrick Lamar is the best rapper ever, because he is, then Drake takes a swipe at Obama on one of Drakes songs – but not on Kendrick.
While he is been quick to divide the limelight between labelmates Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock, who comprise Compton-based rap collective the Black Hippy, Lamar has been vociferous in wanting to be the best rapper of all time. After the release of last months stellar album, DAMN., Kendrick Lamars fourth consecutive chart-topping record, Kendrick Lamars credentials as the greatest rapper ever are under heavy debate. In this brave new world of corrosion-laced alt-facts and neo-nuclear-heebie-jeebies, we thank Kendrick Lamar, the rapper bold enough to rake in Americas sourest funk and zap it in linguistic laser-light, from sea to shining sea, the most pungent funk in America.
Kendrick Lamar Is Music’S Dark Horse
In this April 16, 2017, file photo, rapper Kendrick Lamar is performing at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. There are very few things you cannot argue about when discussing hip-hop, but one absolute certainty about the genre is that Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest rappers working today. A year after releasing Damn., Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-jazz or classical performer to receive a Pulitzer Prize. His stunning debut on the major-label chart earned Kendrick Lamar the Music Pulitzer the following year, a first for any rapper, or for any piece of work outside of jazz and classical.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamars lyrics were noted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, and he himself collected a Pulitzer Prize, for music, in 2018, becoming the first pop singer to do so. In all Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamars projects, Kendricks music is woven into the emotional realities of black lives in Compton-born. On any given album, the songs on the Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamars albums have spanned topics ranging from police brutality, gun violence, and sexual violence, to mass incarceration, colorism, faith, and self-acceptance. Kendrick Lamar is much more humane than any similarly-watted star, and his music–rap records that are florid bordering on nerdy, so poetic and literary it won him the Pulitzer Prize for 2017s Damn the Damn–does not necessarily lend itself to the big-hitting formats pop stars are so often cowered in.
In the 2010s, no artist was more adept at focusing their music around a similarly faith-based form of Black Resistance, yet commanding the attention of the pop world, than Compton-born rapper Kendrick Lamar. Here, the breakthrough by Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar is presented as the tipping point of contemporary Black artistic expression, not only in the United States, but also Africa, ushering in what Moore describes as the most fertile period for socially conscious Black music since the Nineteen-Seventies. Lamars breakout single, “Loyalty,” won him the 2018 Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance. Lamar eventually won five awards at the ceremony, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video, and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
Lamar received a total of seven Grammy nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards (2014), including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best Rap Song, but did not win in any category. Many publications felt the Recording Academy had dissented from Lamar, along with Seattle-based rapper Macklemore, who won for Best Rap Album, categories Lamar was also nominated in. During 2012, Lamar also toured with fellow Black Hippy rappers, as well as MMGs Stalley, for a bet on a music-related tour, Bet Music Matters. BadbadNotGood achieved its biggest piece of fame to date after American rapper and record producer Kendrick Lamar sampled the music loop that they composed for the track Lust on his 2017 album, DAMN.