Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born 17 Juin 1987) is a American rapper an sangwriter. Born an raised in Compton, Californie, he embarkit on his muisical career as a teenager unner the stage name K-Dot, releasin a mixtape that garnered local attention an led tae his signin wi indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). He began tae gain recogneetion in 2010, efter his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The follaein year, Lamar independently released his first studio album, Section.80, which includit his debut single, "HiiiPoWeR". Bi that time, he haed amassed a lairge Internet follaein an collaboratit wi several airtists in the hip hop industry, includin The Game, Snoop Dogg an Busta Rhymes.