Nobody reconciles commercial success with artistic credibility like Kendrick Lamar Duckworth. He’s from Compton, a Los Angeles suburb marred by brutal violence – a major hotbed of gangsta rap. But through his music Kendrick escaped the hardship. His blockbusting debut album Good Kid, M.A.A.d City (2012) is an intelligent exploration of this love-hate relationship with his place of birth. The red-hot single King Kunta – from his red-hot second album To Pimp a Butterfly – placed him firmly on the map in 2015. In 2018, his extraordinary gift was confirmed with a Pulitzer Prize for the album DAMN. For the first time since 1943 that prestigious distinction fell to someone outside the sphere of jazz and classical music. Kendrick Lamar is an artist of towering talent.