Kendrick Lamar‘s net worth has been accumulated in a relatively short period of time considering he only gained public notoriety five short years ago. Ever since his debut studio album release in 2012, good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick has been in the discussion for best rapper alive. According to Money Nation, since 2011, Kendrick has earned over $30 million dollars.
Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, born June 17, 1987, hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. Lamar began his musical career as a teenager under the moniker K-Dot, released a mixtape which garnered local attention and led to his signing with Carson-based independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). Lamar began to gain significant recognition in 2010 after his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, he released Section.80, his first independent album, exclusively through iTunes. The collection included Lamar’s debut single, “HiiiPoWeR.” By that time, Lamar had amassed a large internet following and had already worked with several prominent artists in the hip-hop industry, including The Game, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes.
Kendrick Lamar Net Worth as of 2019: $35 Million
We take a look back through Kendrick Lamar’s career to see how he accumulated his net worth.
2003 – 2005
In 2003, at the age of 16, Lamar released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year), under the rap name K-Dot. The mixtape led to Lamar securing a recording deal with Top Dawg Entertainment, an indie record label out of Carson, California.
2006 – 2007
Throughout 2006 and 2007, Lamar would appear alongside other up-and-coming West Coast rappers, such as Jay Rock and Ya Boy, as opening acts for The Game. Under the moniker K-Dot, Lamar was also featured on The Game’s songs “The Cypha” and “Cali Niggaz”.
In 2008, Lamar was featured throughout the video for Jay Rock’s debut single, “All My Life (In the Ghetto),” which featured Lil Wayne.
After receiving a co-sign from Lil Wayne, Lamar released his third mixtape in 2009, titled C4, which was heavily themed around Wayne’s Tha Carter III.
Lamar decided to drop K-Dot as his stage name and go by his birth name. Lamar also formed Black Hippy, a hip-hop supergroup, with his TDE labeThroughout 2010, Lamar toured with Tech N9ne and Jay Rock on The Independent Grind tour.l-mates: Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q.
Throughout 2010, Lamar toured with Tech N9ne and Jay Rock on The Independent Grind tour.
On September 23, Kendrick released Overly Dedicated for free online. The project fared well enough to enter the United States Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it peaked at number 72.
This led to Lamar working with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on Dre’s often-delayed Detox album, as well as speculation of Lamar signing to Dr. Dre’s record label, Aftermath Entertainment.
In early 2011, Lamar was included in XXL‘s annual Top 10 Freshman Class and was featured on the cover alongside fellow up-and-coming rappers Cyhi the Prynce, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, Yelawolf and Big K.R.I.T., among others.
On July 2, 2011, Lamar released Section.80, his first independent album, to critical acclaim.
In August 2011, while performing at a West Los Angeles concert, Lamar was dubbed the “New King of the West Coast” by Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Game
In February, Lamar also embarked on Drake‘s Club Paradise Tour, opening along with rappers, ASAP Rocky and 2 Chainz.
In March 2012, MTV announced that Lamar had signed a deal with Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment, marking the end of his career as an independent artist
On May 21, Lamar made his 106 & Park debut alongside Ace Hood, joining Birdman and Mack Maine on stage to perform “B Boyz.”
Lamar’s major-label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was released on October 22, 2012. The album was met with critical acclaim and debuted at number two in the U.S., selling 242,100 copies in its first week. In a few months’ time, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Later that year, Fuse TV listed Lamar’s single, “Backseat Freestyle” among the top 40 songs of 2012.
In August 2013, Lamar released what is perhaps the most significant song of his career, and the reason he has become famous. Lamar’s verse on the Big Sean track “Control,” sent shock waves across the hip-hop industry.In the days following the track’s release, Lamar’s Twitter account saw a 510% increase in followers
In the verse, Lamar vows to lyrically “murder” every other up-and-coming rapper, namely J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, The Creator and Mac Miller.
Similarly, during the song, Lamar also calls himself the “King of New York,” which caused controversy among several New York-based rappers, given the fact the Kendrick is from California. Many New York rappers, including Papoose, The Mad Rapper, Mickey Factz, JR Writer, Mysonne, Joell Ortiz and more, took offense to this. No one noticed because no one cares who they are, except for Papoose.
Furthermore, fellow American rappers such as Meek Mill, Lupe Fiasco, Cassidy, Joe Budden, King L, Bizarre, and B.o.B, among many others, released a response or diss track, within a week. A couple years later, in 2015, Meek Mill vanished off the face of the earth.
On September 6, 2013, American recording artist and record producer, Kanye West announced he would be headlining his first solo tour in five years, in support of his sixth album Yeezus, with Kendrick Lamar accompanying him on tour.
In November 2013, he was named GQ’s “Rapper of the Year,” and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s “Men of the Year” issue. This resulted in Kendrick calling out writer Steve Marsh’s profile, “Kendrick Lamar: Rapper of the Year,” for its “racial overtones.” GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson responded with the following statement: “Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years. That’s the reason we chose to celebrate him, wrote an incredibly positive article declaring him the next King of Rap, and gave him our highest honor: putting him on the cover of our Men of the Year issue. I’m not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves.”
Lamar received a total of seven Grammy nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best Rap Song, but did not receive any of the awards.
On September 23, 2014, Lamar released “i” as the first single from his third album.
In December 2014, it was announced that Lamar had started a partnership with sportswear brand Reebok.
On December 17, 2014, Lamar debuted a new untitled song on one of the final episodes of The Colbert Report.
In early 2015, Lamar won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for his song “i” at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Initially expected to be released on March 23, 2015, his new album To Pimp a Butterfly was released a week early on March 16, 2015. The album debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart selling 324,000 copies in its first week and established Spotify‘s global first-day streaming record.
In April 2015, he became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Whitney Alford.
In October 2015, Lamar announced the Kunta’s Groove Sessions Tour, which included eight shows in eight cities.
2016 – 2017
In early 2016, Kanye West released the track “No More Parties in L.A.” on his official SoundCloud, a collaboration featuring Lamar and produced by West and Madlib.
In April 2017, Lamar dropped DAMN, his fourth studio album and his first since 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly.
Lamar received 11 nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap Album.
On March 4th, 2016, Kendrick unexpectedly released his new album called “Untitled Unmastered.”
In only a handful of years, Kendrick Lamar has trailblazed his way to the top of the rap game, breaking numerous records and receiving hundreds of accolades along the way. With the rap game at his feet and his net worth growing, it will be interesting to see how Kendrick ascends these next couple of years, both musically and financially.
In 2017, Lamar released DAMN. an album that has gone on to become a critical and commercial success. It was nominated for the Grammy for Album of the Year, as well as Best Album. It took home the latter.
Even after releasing DAMN Kendrick didn’t slow down. He curated and produced the soundtrack the 2018 film, Black Panther. An album in and of itself, it went on to become a top-selling album, a perfect accompaniment to the film Black Panther.
On April 16th, 2018, DAMN made history. It became the first hip-hop album to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, and the first album that’s not considered “classical” or “jazz” to win the award. Truly a historic moment for not just Lamar, but hip-hop in general.
Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther track “All the Stars” was beaten by the “Shallow”—Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s duet from A Star Is Born in Grammy.