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Here's everything you need to know about Kendrick ahead of his UK 'Damn Tour' shows.
The US leg ran from July-September 2017. The European leg kicks off in Dublin, Ireland on February 7, 2018 and makes stops in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and London before heading into mainland Europe.
Dr Dre tracked Lamar down after hearing the song 'Ignorance Is Bliss' - the standout track from the rapper's mixtape 'Overly Addicted'.
He released his first mixtape entitled 'Youngest Head Ni**a In Charge' under the name K.Dot in 2003. People still refer to him using this name today.
He won Best Rap Song in both 2015 and 2016, and won Best Rap Album in 2016 for 'To Pimp A Butterfly'.
Fans of the long-time friends have been anticipating a collaborative record since rumours began. A joint track entitled 'Temptation' leaked in 2011, but an album is yet to materialise. Picture: Instagram
It received widespread acclaim from critics. In July 2017, three months after its release, the album achieved double platinum certification. Picture: Instagram
Kendrick based Kung Fu Kenny off Don Cheadle’s character Kenny in Rush Hour 2, who owned a Chinese food restaurant and studied martial arts. Despite starring in the music video for 'DNA.', Cheadle failed to make the connection until Kendrick debuted a short karate film, The Damn Legend of Kung Fu Kenny, at his Coachella headline set in 2017.
The rappers credentials go back a long way - he attended Centennial High School in Compton, the same school as Dr Dre. Lamar was a straight A student during his time at the school.
The rapper revealed that his 2015 album was initially going to act as a tribute to the late rapper Tupac Shakur, as the abbreviation was "Tu-P-A-C.” Picture: Getty
Perhaps Lamar got his taste for hip-hop and interest of Tupac after the video for the rapper's Dr Dre collaboration 'California Love' was shot near his house.
The pair became engaged in April 2015. Lamar says he is “loyal to the soil" to his long-term girlfriend. Picture: Getty
The group consists of Kendrick, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q. The group was formed in 2009, when all of its members were signed to Top Dawg Entertainment. Picture: Consequence Of Sound
It's official, Lamar's biggest fan is Lady Gaga and, at one point, it looked as though Mother Monster might have a track on Lamar's debut album 'Good Kid, MAAD City'. The admiration is mutual, with Lamar describing Lady Gaga as a "beautiful person".
Released in 1998, 'It's Dark And Hell Is Hot' is officially one of Lamar's favourite albums and thought to be a big influence behind his music.
Lamar wanted to follow in the footsteps of the legendary basketball player but "I’m a small guy—I only grew to 5-6. I deferred my dreams to write in rhymes, and I pinned [that dream] somewhere else".
Pharrell was involved in the production of the title track from Lamar's debut album and even has some uncredited vocals on the track.
The song 'Cartoon And Cereal' isn't called that for nothing. Kendrick loves cereal, but don't get him started on the healthy cereals! "You pick that up in the aisle and you come talk to me, I'm liable to punch you in the face if you're my cousin," he joked. (Picture: Complex)