Kendrick Lamar is an American rapper

He was born on June 17, 1987 in Compton, California

He is also a songwriter and record producer

He is one of the most influential rappers of his generation

he is also a member of the hip hop supergroup Black Hippy

He is with his labelmates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q

He has been branded as the "new king of hip hop" numerous times

His 2015 song "The Blacker the Berry" gathered controversy

He explained the motivation behind the lyric in a NPR interview