Good Kid, Good Music: Kendrick on the rise

Kendrick Lamar performing live at Rhode Island High School

Kendrick Lamar performing live at Rhode Island High School.

By: Kyle Bennett & Vanessa Dwyer

Editor: Jessica Lucena

Photo courtesy of Bing

In today’s music world, many different genres and cultures exist. People in our area listen to a range of music that varies from alternative to rap and many use music as a melting pot. Whether it is the catchy rhymes of Macklemore or the deep connecting lyrics of Imagine Dragons, we all have our favorite artists.

This summer I was fortunate enough to attend the Made In America Festival run by Jay-Z and I was able to enjoy the lyrics and stage performances of A$AP Rocky, Imagine Dragons, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, and Calvin Harris. Being able to listen to such diverse genres gave me an understanding of how much music really is a huge part in the lives of people today.

Seeing Kendrick Lamar being so crowd oriented, interacting with the paying fans and Macklemore throwing a jersey off his back into the crowd and then jumping into the arms of fans to crowd surf revealed to me that these people we regard as celebrities, are people just like us.

They may have these high profile lives compared to the everyday person, but at the end of the day, they too have a life outside of music. They are making a living just like everyone else is, just on a much larger media scale.

Living in a world so heavily influenced by music is really special. Many people take a lot of things in life for granted and don’t realize that music keeps people going and is a unique way for different people to connect to one another. One song can form an inseparable bond between people, just from musicians’ lyrics.

Tune into your favorite artist and actually listen to the music and see how the instrumentals make the lyrics that much more powerful. Understanding music will make your favorite song even more special and you will appreciate it on a higher level.

Penetrating on one particular artist in Hip Hop, Kendrick Lamar is the new artist to the scene. He’s already known to be one of the greatest lyricist, who compares himself to Tupac Shakur, a Hip Hop legend. Kendrick Lamar Duckworth only 23- years-old, was born in Compton, California, known as a good kid, wanting to chase his hip- hop dream. He grew up not living a perfect life. His parents moved from Chicago to Los Angeles with $500. Lamar, who made good grades in school, was afraid to fail. He wrote his first rap at 13 years old because he wanted to tell his story in 16 bars and thought that to be a huge step in life. His plans were to make a turn around with his music and to be a positive influence.

Lamar’s opportunity came at age 16, getting his first break with the record label TopDawg Entertainment. He considered his next steps would be to find growth in the era of music.  He wanted to be recognized, releasing his music around the world and selling out shows. His first live show was performing with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella, thinking it was the beginning of his new life.

Lamar released his first album “Good Kid M.A.D.D City” in 2012. His songs “Swimming Pool”, “B Don’t Kill My Vibe” and the many other collaborating songs he created with other artists reveals his potential to be a great rap artist.

When his music became popular, they honored him “the leader of the new school” but he stated he didn’t want to wear the crown, he wanted to keep selling albums until he’s 45 like other top charted rappers, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Nas and Jay-Z.


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