In Numbers: The exceptional career of Kendrick Lamar
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In Numbers: The exceptional career of Kendrick Lamar

Rapper, performer and pioneer Kendrick Lamar is often considered the saviour of the new school. Among a generation of mumble rappers, Lamar has been consistent in releasing seriously good quality hip hop. Since his emergence on the Compton underground scene in the late 2000s, Lamar has gone on to work with all the greats in the business and is known as a skilled lyricist.

Coming up in Compton under the independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar first garnered attention with his 2010 debut mixtape release Overly Dedicated. In 2011, Lamar released his first full-length studio album, Section.80, which caught the attention of Compton native Dr Dre, and already with a cult following, the rapper landed a record deal with Dr Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.

Upon signing to Aftermath, Lamar began work on his first major-label album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City; its release in 2012 saw Lamar receive critical acclaim and positive reviews. Now, with a lot of pressure on him to produce a good third album, Lamar took three years out of the game to work on his craft and music, which culminated in his 2015 release, To Pimp A Butterfly. The album was Lamar’s first to reach number one on the Billboard Top 200.

Lamar continued to follow suit with his albums on somewhat of a streak. The Compton rapper’s 2017 album DAMN. earned him his first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 in the form of ‘Humble’ and even saw Lamar win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Having had such an outstanding career thus far and with such prestige attached to his name, in this article, we’re going to break down the facts and figures to present you with his exemplary career in numbers.

Kendrick Lamar’s solo albums:

Across his 12-year career has released five studio albums, one compilation album, one EP and five mixtapes. Lamar has also worked on one motion picture soundtrack contributing to the 2018 project Black Panther: The Album.

Lamar’s highest-selling solo album is his 2012 album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. The album feature guest appearances from the likes of Drake, Dr Dre, and Jay Rock and features production from some of the best producers in hip-hop, such as Pharrell and Just Blaze. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and is 3x platinum. One of its most successful hits is ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’.

Kendrick Lamar’s most streamed song:

As a lead artist, over his 12-year career span, Kendrick Lamar has released a total of 109 singles. However, his most streamed song of all time on the prevalent music streaming service Spotify is ‘All The Stars’ featuring SZA, the lead single of the Black Panther soundtrack. The single, as of 2022, has been streamed approximately 1.1 billion times.

As a featured artist, his most streamed song Lamar’s most streamed song is the 2021 track ‘Family Ties’ by Baby Keem from his album Melodic Blue. The single has approximately 391.3 million streams.

Kendrick Lamar’s biggest video on YouTube:

Kendrick Lamar’s most viewed video on YouTube as a lead artist is the music video for his extraordinary track ‘HUMBLE’, which was released as the lead single for his 2017 album DAMN. The track is extremely popular and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The video has approximately 887 million views.

Lamar’s most viewed video as a featured artist is the 2015 Taylor Swift music video for her track ‘Bad Blood’. The video has been viewed over 1.5 billion times.

Kendrick Lamar’s net worth:

Kendrick Lamar’s career is far from over, and he still has a lot of time left in the game. As well as making music Lamar has been featured in movies and TV shows such as 50 Cent’s Power. In 2014 he also took on the role of brand ambassador for Reebok, helping the brand design six trainer models.

Earlier this year, he collaborated with Converse to design two trainers. As of 2022, Lamar has an estimated net worth of approximately $75 million.