Kendrick Lamar Quotes About Life, Love and Music

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is a rapper and songwriter who was born in the US on June 17, 1987. He is regarded as one of the most influential hip hop artists of his generation and is well known for his progressive musical tastes and socially conscious songwriting. Lamar started his career as a teenager by performing under the stage name K.Dot.

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  1. “It’s easy to forget who you are.” 
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2. “So the next time you feel like the world’s about to end, I hope you studied, because he’s testing your faith again.”

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3. “Life will put many red lights in front of you, but sometimes we must push on the gas and trust god.” 

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4. “Tell me how I stay positive when they never see the good in me.”

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5. “I look at where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.”

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6. “Life will put many red lights in front of you, but sometimes we must push on the gas and trust god.”

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7. “I can’t change the world until I change myself first.” 

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8. “When you give up, it means you never wanted it.”

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9. “The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It’s scary.”

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10. “We hurt people that love us, love people that hurt us.”

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11. “Forgiving is easy. Trusting again, not so much.”

12. “I don’t want to be something that just comes and goes.”

13. “Before finding music, I didn’t have too many aspirations. I wanted to hang out, make a little money from whatever I had to do.”

14. “Can’t let the government tell me how my future lookin’.”

15. “Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people… if they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where you stand.”

16. “Live your life, live it right. Be different, do different things.”

17. “Don’t you know your imperfections is a blessing.” 

18. “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.”

19. “Everyday I try to escape the realities of this world.”

20. “People are used to music that justifies street culture but something that’s not touched on is why these kids act the way they act, live the way they live.”

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21. “Don’t wait until it’s too late, you might not get another chance.”

22. “I don’t do black music, I don’t do white music. I do everyday life music.”

23. “People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can’t knock it.”

24. “Take advantage. Do your best. Don’t stress. You were granted everything inside this planet. Anything you imagine, you possess.” 

25. “Whenever I make music, it reflects where I’m at mentally.”

26. “Beauty is what you make it. I used to be so mistaken by different shades of faces.”

27. “As a kid from Compton, you can get all the success in the world and still question your worth.”

28. “I think my vice would be outdoing myself.”

29. “God to me is love.”

30. “If a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it.”

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31. “Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you.” 

32. “My word will never be as strong as God’s word. All I am is just a vessel, doing His work.”

33. “I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.”

34. “Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.” 

35. “We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?”

36. “My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop.” 

37. “Love is not just a verb. It’s you looking in the mirror.”

38. “I learned when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.”

39. “It’s fascinating to me how far an idea can go.”

40. “As long as my music is real, it’s no limit to how many ears I can grab.”

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41. “Tupac, Biggie, Jay. Your usual suspects. These were the people that played in my household.”

42. “I don’t just wanna be a popular person, I want my music to always live because that’s what’s gonna drive your legacy.”

43. “If I speak the good into existence, that instant my dreams will unlock, money will flow like water, I’ll just wait at the dock.”

44. “The hardest thing for, not only an artist, but for anybody to do is look themselves in the mirror and acknowledge, you know, their own flaws and fears and imperfections and put them out there in the open for people to relate to it.”

45. “Look inside my soul and you can find gold maybe get rich. Look inside of your should and you can find out it never exists.” 

46. “Since day one, since they first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.”

47. “I had to come from something that was negative and positive, but the majority of it is a negative place.”

48. “I walk alone with a cross and a diamond stone. I’m a diamond inside the rough, that’s too mighty for maricons.”

49. “You can have the platinum album. But, you know, when you still feel like you haven’t quite found your place in the world, it kind of gives a crazy offset.”

50. “I used to consider the listener. But now I’m in a space where, if I’m not inspired, I can’t really do the music. I can’t feel it.”

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51. “You really can’t categorize my music, it’s human music.”

52. “Eventually, you get to this point where you understand what you want to do.”

53. “Don’t say one thing then do another.”

54. “But what love got to do with it when you don’t love yourself?”

55. “Maybe because I’m a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death.”

56. “Being acknowledged for your work is always a great accomplishment, whether it’s people in my city, kids in the street, all the way up to the Grammys.”

57. “I am a sinner who’s probably gonna sin again. Lord forgive me!”

58. “I don’t really believe in the type of pressure that people are wanting to put on the type of music that I make.”

59. “Talk about it. Make me talk about it. Life to me is currency, prosperity. I got it.”

60. “You can’t have people listen to you unless you come to their world and then bring them to yours.”

Additional Read: Kendrick Lamar: What to Know About the Hip-Hop Star

He was born and raised in Compton, California. He attracted local attention quickly, and in 2005, Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) offered him a recording deal.

All of Lamar’s studio albums have received platinum or higher certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with over 70 million copies sold just in the US.

Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards, including 17 Grammys, a Primetime Emmy, two American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, eleven MTV Video Music Awards, a Brit Award, and an Academy Award nomination. He was named MTV’s Hottest MC in the Game in 2012.

Lamar was given the Generational Icon Award by the California State Senate in 2015. He has been mentioned in lists like the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the Time 100. On Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time published in 2020, three of his studio albums were listed.

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