Why Is Kendrick Lamar So Famous and How Did He Get His Start?

GRAMMY award-winning artist Kendrick Lamar has released five studio albums with much acclaim from fans and critics alike.

His latest album debuted at number one and his Glastonbury 2022 set wowed crowds but how much is Kendrick Lamar worth?

How did Kendrick Lamar come to fame?

On June 17, 1987, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth was born in Compton, California, and named after the Temptations singer Eddie Kendricks.

He was inspired at the age of eight by Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre, who he witnessed filming the music for the song California Love.

Lamar would go on to collaborate with almost every west-coast rapper during his career.

By 2011, Kendrick’s career began to gain traction as he appeared on several award-winning albums such as Drake’s Take Care.

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar has had four number-one albums. Credit: Getty

That year also saw Kendrick’s first studio album, Section.80, released which has since received gold certification.

The rapper moved from strength to strength as he climbed the charts, debuting Good Kid, M.A.A.D City at number two in 2012.

He won the Grammy Award for best rap song in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

In total Kendrick has won 14 Grammys, 11 MTV video awards, six Billboard music awards, two American Music Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and a Brit award.

For his work on the Black Panther soundtrack, Kendrick received an Oscar nomination.

His fifth studio album, Mr Morales And The Big Stepper, debuted at number one on multiple charts including the Billboard 200.

What is Kendrick Lamar’s net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lamar is worth around $75million.

They report that in 2018 alone, he made $60million, making him one of the highest-paid entertainers that year.

As a headliner at Glastonbury 2022, Kendrick can expect to take home between £200,000 ($246,000) to £500,000 ($615,000), which is apparently low compared to other festivals.

Four of his albums have debuted at number one, with high downloads, streams, and purchases.

Two of his albums – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and Damn – have gone 3x Platinum.

His 2022 album Mr Morale And The Big Steppers has reached No1 around the world including Canada, Belgium, and New Zealand, and peaked at No2 in the UK.

Other contributions to his net worth include live performances and acting gigs, like the cameo he made on the Starz series, Power.