Happy Birthday, Kendrick Lamar

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Today marks the 27th birthday of Kendrick Lamar.

Bred in Compton, California in 1987 Kendrick’s life initiated with a musical impact as the rapper’s name was created with the influence of Temptations singer Eddie Kendricks. Several years later, at the age of 8, music once again crept into a young Kendrick’s life when he witnessed Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre film the music video for their hit single “California Love.” Fast forward to 2014 and Kendrick is one of the best rappers on the planet. A member of the music collective TDE, Kendrick released his highly acclaimed debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City in 2012. Now a certified platinum LP, the album leads what many believe will be one of the greatest rap careers of all time.

Happy Birthday, Kendrick Lamar.