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11 Reasons Why Kendrick Lamar Is Still Hip-Hop's One True King

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet King Kendrick Lamar.

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(Please hold your applause until the end.)

1. He's been ~*officially*~ crowned the King of the West Coast by the original godfathers of hip-hop.

Including Dr. Dre, Game, Lil Wayne, and The Doggfather himself. Those are some pretty dope co-signs.
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Including Dr. Dre, Game, Lil Wayne, and The Doggfather himself. Those are some pretty dope co-signs.

2. And he took over the East with a single guest verse.

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Kendrick's blistering bars on Big Sean's "Control" blew the roof off the hip-hop scene, and easily made the song the most talked-about rap joint of 2013.

3. A verse that made over 25 other rappers respond with their own diss tracks.

U mad?

4. As a kid, he saw Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre record the music video for "California Love" in person...

The shoot for the milestone track was in Kendrick's native Compton, California.
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The shoot for the milestone track was in Kendrick's native Compton, California.

5. ...and 15 years later, Dre signed Kendrick to his personal label, Aftermath Entertainment.

Dre reached out to K. Dot after seeing the video for "Ignorance Is Bliss" on YouTube and has played an active role in the rapper's up-and-coming career ever since.
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Dre reached out to K. Dot after seeing the video for "Ignorance Is Bliss" on YouTube and has played an active role in the rapper's up-and-coming career ever since.

6. His major label debut went platinum in just nine short months.

The universally acclaimed Good Kid, M.A.A.D City has sold over 1.1 million copies since its release in late 2012.
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The universally acclaimed Good Kid, M.A.A.D City has sold over 1.1 million copies since its release in late 2012.

7. And he's already back in the lab again.

Kendrick started recording his new album in January 2014. Run and hide, little rappers.
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Kendrick started recording his new album in January 2014. Run and hide, little rappers.

8. You know, when he isn't opening for two of hip-hop's biggest heavyweights.

Fresh from riding shotgun on Kanye West's Yeezus tour, Kendrick's about to strike out again, this time opening for Slim Shady himself, Eminem, on his Rapture tour.
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Fresh from riding shotgun on Kanye West's Yeezus tour, Kendrick's about to strike out again, this time opening for Slim Shady himself, Eminem, on his Rapture tour.

9. He got a staggering seven GRAMMY nominations in one year...

That includes "Best New Artist," "Best Rap Album," "Best Rap Performance," and "Album of the Year."
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That includes "Best New Artist," "Best Rap Album," "Best Rap Performance," and "Album of the Year."

10. ...where he's performing live with fellow nominee Imagine Dragons.

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11. And he's won so many other awards they need their own dang Wikipedia page.

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12. But you know what? Here's all the proof you really need.

Yeah. It's good to be king.

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(OK, you can applaud now.)