Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors
Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Ent. to Interscope)
Many have deemed Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city a classic debut album, and it’s hard to argue with that. The best argument against it, probably, isn’t that it isn't a classic, but that it wasn’t a debut. Before aligning with Interscope, K. Dot released a number of projects through Top Dawg Entertainment, including the retail release Section .80, in 2011. As he proved with gkmc, Kendrick didn’t have to compromise his artistry by going major.