Kendrick Lamar has called himself “the very best rapper alive,” and on April sixteen, he turned the first rapper to use the Pulitzer Prize for song.
The Pulitzer board described Lamar’s fourth album, DAMN., as “a virtuosic song series unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that affords affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of popular African-American lifestyles.”
The Compton, Calif., native’s art has garnered him 12 Grammy wins and 29 nominations, the 2013 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Leading edge Award and dozens of different honors.
Since DAMN.’s initiate a year ago, 30-year-frail Lamar curated, produced and co-wrote the soundtrack for the Surprise Studios movie Dark Panther. Outdated albums embody To Pimp a Butterfly, good kid, m.A.A.d metropolis and Portion.Eighty. In 2016, he launched an eight-video display compilation, untitled unmastered, and he’s contributed customer verses to tracks by artists equivalent to Beyonce, SZA, Vince Staples, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and others.
Lamar’s poetic tracks and real LPs tackle complications with hasten, religion and integrity. In interviews, he in most cases discusses the stress he faces as a guiding suppose for followers and his efforts to remain down-to-earth regardless of his upward push to popularity.
Learn on for 10 Kendrick Lamar quotes about self-reflection, personal responsibility, success and additional.
On hustle “And I been hustlin' all day / This a vogue, that a vogue / Thru canals and alleyways, appropriate to inform / Money bushes is the very best state for coloration / And that's appropriate how I feel.” — “Money Trees”
On self esteem “I can't unsuitable humble appropriate 'dwelling off your ass is panicked.” — “PRIDE.”
On doable “Search internal of my soul and also that you can additionally bring collectively gold / And most doubtless net rich.” — “Bitch, Don’t Abolish My Vibe”
On taking responsibility “I need the credit rating if I'm losin' or I'm winnin'.” — “Your entire Stars”
On hypocrisy “I don't talk about this stuff if I haven't lived them, and I've hurt people in my lifestyles. It's one thing I peaceable bear to think of when I sleep at evening. … The message I'm sending to myself — I can't swap the enviornment till I swap myself first.” — interview with NPR
On legacy “Build your enjoy pyramids, write your enjoy hieroglyphs.” — “Hiii Energy”
On being a role mannequin “I feel one of my best battles within myself is embracing leadership. … It’s impossible to war the title of role mannequin. Particularly when the kind of song I develop is so personal. … I uncover that they dwell their lives by my song.” — interview with XXL
On creativity “I can dig rapping, but a rapper with a ghost writer / What the fuck happened? / (Oh no) / I swore I wouldn't show / However most of you share bars equivalent to you bought the bottom bunk in a two man cell / (A two man cell) / Something's within the water / (Something's within the water) / And if I purchased a brown nose for some gold then I'd relatively be a bum than a motherfuckin' baller.” — “King Kunta”
On hope “Would you relate my intelligence now could well maybe well be huge relief? / And it's succesful to inform that our subsequent generation presumably can sleep / With dreams of bein' a attorney or doctor / Rather than boy with a chopper that deal with the cul-de-sac hostage.” — “m.A.A.d Metropolis”
On reputation “At 27 years frail, my best terror became bein’ judged / How they gaze at me mirror on myself, my household, my metropolis / What they relate ‘bout me bid / If my reputation would omit me / What they give the impression of being from me / Would trickle down generations in time / What they hear from me / Would develop ‘em spotlight my simplest traces.” — “FEAR.”