Kendrick Lamer was born on June 17, 1987, in Compton, California. Kendrick Lamar is a rapper and song writer mainly known for rapping about the things occurring in his neighborhoods of California. Many drug dealings and gang violence occurred on the streets of Compton of where Kendrick lived, but this influenced Kendrick to do good in school and his joy of writing. These pieces of writing soon turned into lyrics for songs, and began making music at the age of 16 years old going by the name k-dot. Soon he dropped the name and went to his regular name. Dr. Dre later on took Kendrick under his wing and signed him to his label. Later in his career, Kendrick Lamar went on to win many Grammys and have many more songs make the billboard top 100.