Kendrick Lamar: Play By Play

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updated about 1 year ago

An annotated guide of releases by and featuring Kendrick Lamar beginning with 2009's 'Kendrick Lamar EP' to 2018's 'Black Panther The Album.'

Also, check out the Best Movie Soundtracks In The Wake Of Kendrick Lamar's Black Panther over on the Discogs Blog - https://blog.discogs.com/best-movie-soundtracks-of-the-decade-in-the-wake-of-kendrick-lamars-black-panther/

  1. Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar EP

    Released December 31, 2009: The Compton rapper's journey of recorded sound began in 2009 with this 15-track self-titled EP. Released exclusively via DatPiff, it introduced the world to what would become the artist's signature soulful sound and slam-poet flow, as well as his direct and almost diary-esque brand of lyricism. It featured vocals and verses from Angela McCluskey, Ab-Soul, JaVonte, Jay Rock, BJ the Chicago Kid, Punch, Schoolboy Q and Big Pooh, with production from Sounwave, Black Milk, Jake One, Q-Tip, R A H K, and Wyldfyer, among others.

  2. Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated

    Released September 14, 2010: Lamar's fifth mixtape is widely regarded as his launch point. Released in 2010, it opens with wild words from deceased NYC artist Dash Snow, one of the faces pictured on the mixtape's artwork, further categorizing and aligning Lamar with his outsider influences. “O.D.” tune “Ignorance is Bliss” simultaneously glorified and challenged the tradition of gangsta rap, and reportedly caught the ear of Dr. Dre, causing the legendary producer to reach out to and nurture the titanium talent.

  3. Kendrick Lamar - Section 80

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    Released July 2, 2011: About 10 months later, the MC dropped his debut studio album. It's a deeply thoughtful release that tackles subjects of wealth inequality, drug addition, capitalist consumerism and systematic oppression from the perspective of urban Americans born in the era of Reagan's '80s. Single “A.D.H.D.” became an instant anthem for a generation taught to self-medicate from birth.

  4. Kendrick Lamar Featuring Dr. Dre - The Recipe

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    Released April 3, 2012: The ultimate Compton cosign came to fruition with this love letter to California as the hard work put in Dr. Dre's dungeon gets its first radio play. The groovetastic cut features Dre verses, though the beat was officially produced by West Coaster Scoop DeVille. Technically a bonus track from Lamar's sophomore release, it's only included in deluxe editions of good kid, m.A.A.d city.

  5. Birdman (2) featuring Mack Maine, Kendrick Lamar, Ace Hood &, DJ Khaled - B-Boyz

    Released on May 4, 2012: Putting Lamar on a Birdman tune took the Compton rapper out of California. The song leads with his bouncy verse littered with alliteration and a shout out from producer DJ Khaled to Top Dawg Entertainment. It was also featured on the deluxe edition of DJ Khaled's 2012 LP Kiss The Ring, further signaling Lamar's mainstream appeal.

  6. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.d City

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    Released October 22, 2012: Lamar's second studio album catapulted him from underground King to crossover success. It served as his major label debut, having signed to Aftermath and Interscope earlier in 2012. The song begat his first forays onto the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, with “Swimming Pools (Drank)” at no. 17 and “Poetic Justice” featuring Drake at no. 26. It's conceptual storyline of Lamar's life pre-fame marked him as a creative icon and earned five Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.

  7. A$AP Rocky* Feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar - F**kin' Problems

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    Released October 24, 2012: A$AP Rocky's second single from 2012's Long Live situated Lamar among the some of top-rated radio stars of the year and cemented his place as a radio favorite. He delivers a boastful finale with instantly-memorable lines designed for sing-alongs. Listen closely and you can hear Ol' Dirty Bastard's “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” interpolated in the track.

  8. Dido Ft. Kendrick Lamar - Let Us Move On

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    Released December 17, 2012: No stranger to working with rappers (she famously worked with Eminem on “Stan”), Dido tapped the conscious-street rhymer for her fourth studio album, 2012's Girl Who Got Away. It was the rapper's first move outside of hip-hop, but far from his last. He pays homage to his past with a reference to Overly Dedicated and lines about growing up in ghetto streets, though the lyrics take an overall hopeful tone.

  9. Bridget Kelly Ft. Kendrick Lamar - Street Dreamin

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    Released January 1, 2013: Next, he teamed with NYC R&B singer Bridget Kelly to spit about finding love in the face of hate and leaving those who doubt him in the dust. It's a slick flow over a beat that samples “Synthetic Substitution” from Melvin Bliss. It was released on Roc Nation Jan. 1, 2013, kicking off a crazy year of cross-genre features.

  10. The Lonely Island Feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar - YOLO

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    Release on January 25, 2013: Who says highly-conceptual artists have to be humorless? Lamar proves that wrong on this tongue-in-cheek PSA-style jam that references Drake's “The Motto.” He delivers some smart insights into diversified revenue streams and proper investments as the foundation for a comfortable retirement. You read that right the first time.

  11. Schoolboy Q Featuring Kendrick Lamar - Collard Greens

    Released June 11, 2013: While Lamar took 2013 to drop ill collabs, his TDA peer Schoolboy Q dropped his third studio album Oxymoron to great critical and fan reception, becoming a radio mainstay in his own right. He had some help with a Lamar feature on lead single “Collard Greens,” a song that's actually about money but is still rather delicious.

  12. Tech N9ne Feat. Kendrick Lamar, ¡Mayday! & Kendall Morgan - Fragile

    Released, July 17, 2013: Lamar next aligned himself with underground king Tech N9ne on a song that isn't afraid to show its softer side. It was Lamar's second collaboration with the Missouri rapper. Tech N9ne says he tapped Lamar because he felt the song needed someone “elite” to follow his verse, and by this time in 2013, fans and critics were looking at Lamar as potentially one of the greatest.

  13. J. Cole Feat. Kendrick Lamar - Forbidden Fruit

    Released on August 1, 2013: Cole is another rapper who prides himself on conceptual works, personal depth and thoughtful lyrics. It's no wonder he hooked up with Kendrick on this cut from his 2013 LP Born Sinner. Lamar sings its raspy hook over a sample of Ronnie Foster's “Mystic Brew” via A Tribe Called Quest's “Electric Relaxation.”

  14. Robin Thicke Ft. Kendrick Lamar - Give It 2 U

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    Released August 23, 2013: His popularity grew steady as his sound grew ever more experimental. In August of 2013, the MC tried his words over a dance beat from hit-maker Dr. Luke and Cirkut with co-writing credits from will.i.am. Deep tomb it is not, however, as Lamar showcases his ability to feed radio what the vapid content it likes most, though he delivers his flow with finesse and Kanye West levels of swag.

  15. Mykestro Featuring Kendrick Lamar - Set Precedent

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    Released December 10, 2013: After giving verses to the whole world, he comes back to California on this verse for fellow Angelino MC Mykestro. If Lamar gave easy work on “Give It 2 U,” he's back on his machine-gun raps for “Set Precedent,” a song that roars softly with a massive set of syllables that would drown a man of lesser talent.

  16. Mayer Hawthorne Ft. Kendrick Lamar - Crime

    Released December 2, 2013: Lamar's final collaboration of 2013 came alongside LA singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mayor Hawthorne. The feel-good melody mourns the great parties of our past that have been broken up by cops. No doubt Lamar has seen plenty of Compton hangs busted into in his day.

  17. Alicia Keys - It's On Again

    Released March 31, 2014: The MC bursts out the cage with wild energy on this tune from the Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack, his first foray into film work but not his last. Alecia Keys comes back to tame his tempo with soulful sweetness. The song was made in collaboration with Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams and marked Lamar's first release of 2015.

  18. Flying Lotus Feat. Kendrick Lamar - Never Catch Me

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    Released October 6, 2014: Critics hailed the coming of this lead single from Flying Lotus' 2015 LP You're Dead! The frantic beat introduces Lamar to some of the wild jazz motifs he comes to incorporate in his next few albums, and the collaboration garners the pair a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.

  19. Taylor Swift Feat. Kendrick Lamar - Bad Blood

    Released May 17, 2015: Is there any greater sign of mainstream appeal than a feature on a Taylor Swift song that Swift requested herself? Lamar makes an appearance on the “Bad Blood” remix, earning the rapper his first no. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

  20. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

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    Released October 23, 2015: The dry spell for some Lamar original material came to an end in October of 2015. To Pimp A Butterfly was a worthy successor to good kid, m.A.A.d city's conceptual ambitiousness. The MC used wild jazz production to tell his story where its predecessor left off, conquering his struggles with fame alongside the narrative of being black in the United States. It was highly experimental yet received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. It debuted at the top of the Billboard charts and once again earned Lamar a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.

  21. Ty$ Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy (2) & James Fauntleroy II - L.A.

    Released November 13, 2015: Things get hot and heavy on this grown-and-sexy tune from Ty Dolla $ign's Free TC album. It's a love letter to Los Angeles, but it bumps like candlelight and satin sheets. Lamar once again waxes poetic about the trials of growing up poor on mean streets and finding the strength to still make the most of it.

  22. Kanye West Feat. Kendrick Lamar - No More Parties In LA

    Released February 14, 2016: The rapper continues to represent for his home city on his first Kanye West record. One of the early singles and a fan highlight from the rapper-producer's erratic Life of Pablo, “No More Parties in LA” is a dark and winding narrative that gives Lamar plenty of space to unleash the verbal beast within. He lets loose a memorable, almost monotone flow that bounces like the dribble of a basketball.

  23. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered.

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    Released March 4, 2016: Released in March of 2016 just a hair more than four months after his official studio album, Untitled Unmastered is technically a compilation LP featuring previously unreleased demos from To Pimp a Butterfly. It's perhaps even more avant-garde that its predecessor and continues the politically charged energy with stellar production features from Thundercat, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Swizz Beats, Sounwave and more.

  24. DJ Khaled Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean & Betty Wright - Holy Key

    Released July 22, 2016: Rising star DJ Khaled's ninth studio album Major Key dove deeper into political and socially-conscious subject matter than his previous party records boasting wins ever waded. Lamar's syrupy verse set adjacent to Wright's powerful hook and Big Sean's masterful take is both lavish and awe-inspiring, even as he mixes in and out of character voices.

  25. Travis Scott (2) Feat. Kendrick Lamar - Goosebumps

    Released September 2, 2016: The third single from Scott's breakout LP Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight was released in Sept. 2016 but dug deep enough into fans psyche to master airwaves well into the next year, hitting its peak chart performance eight months later. It was an inescapable anthem that saw Lamar play falsetto as he romanced women away from their men.