Kendrick Lamar Explains Who He is Through Verse and Visuals (Video)

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Unless you grew up in or regularly visited Southern California, most Heads have not been to the city of Compton. Kendrick Lamar’s rise in Hip-Hop brought renewed attention to Hub-City, making it quite different in some ways, and quite the same in others, as portrayed by N.W.A., DJ Quik, MC Eiht, and King T.

For Reebok, K-Dot takes his fans home, narrating a small but penetrating cityscape of the city that raised him, and played such a dominant role in his 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city. The short film features Kendrick reflecting on how he survived the streets of Compton and explaining his essence through an a capella version of his “I Am” interlude from the Kendrick Lamar EP. Watch this, and see if you don’t get a greater understanding of this artist and the legendary Hip-Hop city that produced him:

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