Kendrick Lamar is an American renowned rapper and songwriter. He was born on 17 June 1987 Compton, California. He is usually known for Hip Hop Genre thanks to his strong incisive vocals. After releasing a number of albums and winning numerous awards, KENDRICK LAMAR SONGS have received recognition all across the globe. No wonder he is regarded as one of the most influential figures this generation has ever had.
Music is and has always the food of the soul and the language that transcends physical boundaries. It is as a result of this that musicians such the famous Kendrick Lamar have food space in the Ghanaian music scene. Kendrick for a decade and a half now has been skillfully gifting us with songs that have us not only entertained but also enriched. In our article today, we seek to highlight some of Kendrick’s songs you should be listening to in 2018. Read on and find out why Ghanaians are so much in love with Mr. Lamar’s songs!
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Kendrick Lamar’s Songs
Having been active in music since 2003, Kendrick began his career K-Dot being his stage name. He was a just a teenager by then, but his talents and insightful vocals-through his mixtape-caught the attention of the public. He then signed with the indie record label, Top Dawg Entertainment and become a rising star and hit-maker ever since.
It was in 2010 that he finally got international breakthrough after releasing Overly Dedicated to digital retailers. It performed well enough to be ranked #72 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It featured his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul. The mixtape includes a song titled ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ that that really impressed Dr. Dre and immediately signed him on.
In early 2011, he announced his first album would be titled Section 80 and on April 12, 2011, Hiipower single was released. This song was actually the lead single from section 80-an independent digital album. It received massive support and often dabbed as ‘one of the finest songs of the year’ by XXL- An American hip-hop magazine. Another popular magazine, HipHopDX acknowledged in its ‘Verse of the Year Awards’.
From section 80 album, Kendrick Lamar has never backed down. He has an incredible talent and an ever-growing fan base. The following is the list of Kendrick Lamar songs in their respective Albums.
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Section 80 project
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City Album
- The recipe
- Swimming pools(Drank)
- Backseat Freestyle
- Poetic justice
- Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe
- Money Trees
- M.A.A.D City
- Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst
Untitled Unmastered project
- Untitled 07/levitate
- Untitled 08 (06.23.2014)
- Untitled 02 (09.06.2014)
To Pimp a Butterfly Album
- The Blacker the Berry
- King Kunta
- These Walls
- For Free? (interlude)
- Damn Album
- Black Panther Album
- All stars
- King’s Dead
- Pray for Me
- Hood Gone Love it
- Let Us Move On
- F*ckin’ Problems
- How Many Drinks?
- We Up
- Memories Back Then
- Collard Greens
- Give it 2 U
- Forbidden Fruit
- 1 Train
- It’s On Again
- Never Catch Me
- Pray for it
- Bad Blood
- Classic Man
- Easy Bake
- Holy Key
- The Greatest
- Really Doe
- Don’t Wanna Know
- New Freezer
- The Heart Part 4
Kendrick Lamar latest songs
After gracing the 60th Annual Grammy Awards with a collection of hits ranging from Humble, DNA, and Lust, Kendrick Lamar’s new songs made him a happy man at the end of the ceremony. He stole the show by winning five awards in a row; Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Performance. This was after being nominated for seven awards including Recording of the Year as well as Album of the Year.
Just before the dust settled, a film soundtrack for Marvel Studios' movie Black Panther added to the list of Kendrick Lamar popular songs for 2018. Produced and curated by Kendrick Lamar himself, it was officially labeled as Black Panther: The Album. Lamar was ideally selected for the project because his artistic themes were perceived to align well with those explored in the films.
Well generally, Kendrick Lamar songs black panther album consists of three songs. The first and lead single of the Album was released in January. It was referred to as ‘All the stars’ collaborated with fellow Top Dawg artist, SZA.
All the stars- Kendrick Lamar, SZA
This was followed by Lamar’s ‘King’s Dead’ featuring Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake. Having been released by Top Dawg Entertainment Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment, it was actually Jay Rocks first single to appear on the Billboard Hot 100.
King’s Dead Kendrick Lamar featuring Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake
Pray for me- Kendrick Lamar
‘Pray for Me was later on released on February 2 as the Album’s third single featuring Kendrick Lamar and the Weekend. It becomes part of the overall collaboration between the two artists.
Generally, the soundtrack was an impressive piece of work and that is why it topped the chart for Billboard 200 in the first and second week and consecutively selling a gigantic number of equivalent album units.
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Aside from Marvel Studios’ soundtrack, Damn album has also been trending this year with numerous best Kendrick Lamar songs such as Humble, Loyalty and ‘Love’. It also features artists like Rihanna and Zacari. Humble was album’s lead single and won Best Music Video at the 60th Grammy Awards. Loyalty which featured Rihanna was next in line in winning Best Rap/sung performance.
Kendrick Lamar Political Songs
Kendrick is indeed a crusader in Rap Music. He is bold and fearless in talking about contemporary issues facing society. From his lyrics in many of his songs, he challenges the society to stop burying their heads in the stand and rise up.
He highlights the oppression and racism trends in modern America, not to mention the ever-growing rate of incarceration for the African-American community. There are four top rated songs in particular that are well articulated to bring out this message.
The Blacker the Berry
This song which was from 2015 Album; To Pimp A Butterfly attacks head on what the artist considers oppression. It's certainly one of the most unapologetic black songs the rapper has ever created. Through the lyrics, the rapper is noticeably rebelling against those who feel are oppressing the black community. An excerpt from the song reads as follows;
Came from the bottom of mankind/My hair is nappy, my D*#k is big, my nose is round and wide/You hate me don’t you/ You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture/You’re f*ckin' evil I want you to recognize that am a proud monkey/You vandalize my perception, but can’t take style from me.
If you are looking for Kendrick Lamar inspirational songs, then this single from the same album as Blacker the Berry would be ideal for you. Well, other than giving insights into police brutality and massive shooting, it gives hope to the oppressed and activists throughout the United States. An excerpt from one of the verse goes in this manner:
…And we hate po-po/Wanna kill us in the streets for sure/Nigga, I’m at the preacher’s door/My knees getting weak and my gun might blow/But we gon’be alright.
Hiipower is not just a song, it’s a movement-literally. Even though it was among the first successful written way back in 2011 under section 80 album, it inspired a majority of people up to date, and hence led to the formation of a movement in South Los Angeles termed ‘Hiiipower'.
When interviewed by HipHopDX, Kendrick Lamar gave out a deeper explanation as to the meaning of the song as well as the reason for the three ‘I’ in Hiiipower. According to him each of the ‘I' represent heart, honor, and respect. Regardless of the madness, the world brings to you, the movement encourages that you still safeguard your dignity.
Powerful and inspirational African- American figures are also mentioned in the song just to give people a fighting spirit. They include; Martin Luther King Jr., Huey Newton, and Malcolm X. An excerpt from the song is as follows;
…Every day we fight the system just to make our way/We been down for too long but that’s alright, we were built to be strong cause it's our life…
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This is the second project released by Kendrick Lamar in 2012. It focuses not only on Kendrick’s childhood but other African-American children who were also brought up in a similar surrounding.
“The kid that’s trying to escape that influence, trying his best to escape that influence, he has always been pulled back in because of circumstances that be,” Kendrick explained during the HipHopDX interview.
An excerpt from the song;
Brace yourself, I'll take you on a trip down memory lane/This is not a rap on how I'm slinging crack or move cocaine/This is a cul-de-sac and plenty Cognac and major pain/Not the drill sergeant but the stress that's weighing on your brain.
Kendrick Lamar workout songs
For appropriate and effective songs during your workout session, Kendrick’s playlist will serve you just right. The following is a list of songs that you may find interesting;
- F*ckin Problems
- Pray for me
- King Kunta
- The Blacker the Berry
Backseat freestyle may also be ideal, however, its considered to be Kendrick Lamar hardest songs, not only in the speed of his rap style but the tempo of the beat as well. That is why it’s mostly suitable for rigorous kind of exercises.
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