Kendrick Lamar
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Lamar may have made history in 2018 when he became the first non-jazz or classical musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music, but the accomplished rapper has been blazing trails ever since breaking onto the scene in the early 2010s. Lamar’s three albums released through Top Dawg Entertainment / Aftermath Records / Interscope Records have each been certified platinum and garnered virtually universal acclaim, and the Compton, California, native has won 12 Grammy Awards out of 29 total nominations. In early 2018, he curated a soundtrack for the Marvel film “Black Panther,” which brought him his fourth consecutive Billboard number one album. Per BuzzAngle Music, Lamar’s single “Humble” had the most audio streams of any song in 2017.


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  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Hollywood's New Leaders
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Kendrick Lamar to Appear on Starz's 'Power'

Kendrick Lamar to Appear on Starz's 'Power'

Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar will appear as a guest star on the Starz series "Power," the network announced today.Lamar will play opposite star 50 Cent in episode 505, titled "Happy Birthday," which is scheduled to air on Sunday, July 29. The crime drama set in New York was created by Courtney A. Kemp and is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.Said executive producer Mark Canton in announcing Lamar's guest turn: “Kendrick is a once in a generation talent...


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