In 1995, hip-hop icons Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre filmed the music video for "California Love" in Kendrick Lamar's hometown, the city of Compton. Today, Dr. Dre has played a crucial role in Lamar's professional career, even dubbing the up-and-coming rapper as the "New King of the West Coast."
In three years, Lamar has gone from creating mix tapes to releasing full-length albums with plenty of buzz surrounding them. Listen to Lamar's smooth beats before watching him perform at Yahoo! On the Road's Cincinnati stop on tonight. Watch the concert live right now. Take a look at more Yahoo! On the Road tour artists, locations, and dates.
Poetic Justice -- A sultry beat holds together the slow-jam collaboration between Lamar and fellow chart topper Drake.
The Recipe -- Lamar's debut commercial single features the rapper's mentor, hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre. It is a definite chilled-out experience to the tune of Los Angeles.
Rigamortus -- In less than three minutes, Lamar builds up and impressive and impeccable lyrical flow that goes zero-to-60 before you know it.
Ignorance Is Bliss -- A staple from Lamar's first independently released mix tape, Overly Dedicated, it jumped-started his career in 2010.
Swimming Pools (Drank) -- If you aren't a fan yet, Lamar's undeniably fresh single will get you hooked on the vibe.
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