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