Band to Watch: Kendrick Lamar

Dre protégé navigates urban jungle with ace storytelling, retro grooves

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Hometown: Compton, California

Backstory: Lamar, a member of the Black Hippy crew (with fellow L.A. luminaries Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul), caught the attention of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre with his 2011 debut; Dre helped produce good kid.

Formative Moment: At nine, Lamar got to watch Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre shoot the video for "California Love."

Hot Clip: Watch exclusive footage of the rising rapper listening to his album cut "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" alongside two of hip-hop's biggest luminaries: Dr. Dre and André 3000.

Listen to 'good kid, m.AA.d city'

From The Archives Issue 1169: November 8, 2012