: Recording artist Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden surrounded by men in red masks and suits.
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Profound Punchlines: 6 Kendrick Lamar Songs That Are Sure to Stimulate Your Mind

Kendrick Lamar is known for his raw lyrics and profound punchlines. Here is a list of the rappers deepest tracks. Be warned — you may get the feels.


Dec. 11 2023, Published 4:04 p.m. ET

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in hip-hop.

He rose to prominence in the early 2010s following the release of his hit single “Swimming Pools (Drank).” The song went on to reach No. 17 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and kick-started Kendrick’s GRAMMY-winning career.

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The Compton-born MC has left an indelible mark on the hip-hop industry. To this day, he remains focused on making good music that inspires his fans.

“Success is how many people I can impact and connect to in the crowd on a scale where they want to push themselves further in life,” Kendrick told Forbes.

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Kendrick Lamar performs during the 2023 Governors Ball Music Festival.

The rapper added: “When I can say the music that I’m making can push these kids through — even if one fan at a time — I will continue to do it forever.”

Needless to say, Kendrick has navigated his artistic career with creativity that sets him apart.

Given his diverse discography, it was difficult to pick the best Kendrick songs. So, we've curated a list of tracks that are raw, emotional, and include all the lyrical genius Kendrick has become known for.

“Alright” (2015)

Kendrick has never shied away from sharing his political opinion, and his 2015 song “Alright” was proof of this.

The track — from Kendrick’s critically acclaimed album To Pimp a Butterfly — resonated far beyond the realm of music. It served as a rallying cry during the Black Lives Matter movement.

The single's release was accompanied by a music video that is just as poignant.

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"DNA" (2017)

From the Grammy-winning album DAMN, "DNA" is a visceral exploration of the rapper’s identity and heritage.

The song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it spent 20 weeks. The song's intense energy and thought-provoking lyrics made it a standout in 2017.

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"S--t I've been through prolly offend you,” Kendrick raps in the song. “I know murder, conviction, burners, boosters, burglars, ballers, dead, redemption.”

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"HUMBLE" (2017)

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Kendrick Lamar, winner of Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop, Best Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects for 'Humble', poses in the press room during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

Kendrick’s chart-topping hit, "HUMBLE," is an unapologetic assertion of his abilities. Its minimalist beat and sharp lyrics underscore his refusal to conform to industry expectations, making its release a defining moment in his career.

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"Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst" (2012)

"Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst" is one of Kendrick’s earlier musical attempts. Clocking in at 12 minutes, the track – from good kid, m.A.A.d city – is a lyrical work of art. Kendrick weaves a multi-faceted narrative that explores life, death, and the struggles of growing up in Compton.

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"The Blacker the Berry" (2015)

"The Blacker the Berry" is included on Kendrick’s 2015 album, To Pimp a Butterfly.

The song is an ode to the Black experience in America, challenging societal norms and confronting the contradictions within the “American promise.”

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However, Kendrick faced some backlash following the release of the track. Some suggested that the rapper was a hypocrite given the disparaging comments about the Black community during an interview with Billboard.

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"King Kunta" (2015)

With its infectious beat and socially charged lyrics, "King Kunta" is another example of Kendrick’s ability to craft a narrative that's both introspective and socially relevant. The track earned him widespread acclaim and a GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance.

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