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

Bow. Down.

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

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

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...

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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