Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. A native of Compton, California, Lamar originally rapped as K. Dot and released a series of mixtapes under that name. His first official album, Section.80 (2011), was released as a digital download and entered the Billboard 200 at number 113. Dubbed "The New King of the West Coast," Lamar signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, where he developed into an exceptional storyteller with the compelling, expansive, and uncompromising albums Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (2015). ~ Andy Kellman