BET Awards 2024: 7 Essential Kendrick Lamar Records

Explore some of the West Coast native's most iconic records, and mark your calendar for the BET Awards 2024, which airs on June 30!

Kendrick Lamar's poetic lyricism and innovative sound have captivated audiences worldwide, from his early mixtapes to acclaimed albums. Even in battle, the West Coast emcee has proven it’ll take a formidable force to tackle him in any rap ring.

During the BET Awards 2023, the “Euphoria” emcee earned his sixth title as “Best Male Hip-Hop Artis,” trumping several rappers, including Lil Baby, Kanye West, Jack Harlow, Future, J. Cole, and Drake

As we gear up for the BET Awards 2024 and the return of BET Experience 2024, Presented by Walmart, we’re looking back on some of our favorite tracks from past winners and performers. Look below and check out Culture’s biggest night, which takes place on Sunday, June 30th, in Los Angeles, CA. For BET Experience, Presented by Walmart tickets, click here.

  • “Alright”

    Kendrick’s delivered a rallying cry for hope and resilience with the release of his hit single “Alright” from his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. The track, which became the anthem for the Black Lives Movement, was produced by Grammy Award-winning super producer Pharrell Williams and Sounwave

  • “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

    Kendrick made his official major-label debut studio with the release of his 2012 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. “Swimming Pools (Drank)” served as the leading single. The music video was shot by director Jerome D and featured a cameo from actor and standup comedian Mike Epps

  • “Rigamortus”

    “Rigamortus” is notable thanks to Kendrick’s lightning-fast delivery and intricate wordplay over a frenetic jazz-influenced beat. The emcee released the single in 2011 and featured it on his debut studio album, Section .80. 

  • “B-tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”

    Kendrick reflects on fame, success, and personal growth in his single “B-tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” The soulful record, produced by longtime collaborator Sounwave, is featured on the emcee’s critically acclaimed Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.

  • “P&P 1.5”

    Released on his fourth mixtape, Overly Dedicated, Kendrick tapped former TDE labelmate Ab-Soul for this smooth jazz-inspired track, showcasing his storytelling prowess and offering a glimpse into his early brilliance.

  • “Hol’ Up”

    Kendrick showcases his razor-sharp flow on his single “Hol’ Up” from his debut project, Section .80. With its laid-back groove and thought-provoking wordplay, the track serves as a standout piece in Lamar's acclaimed discography.

  • “HUMBLE.”

    Released in 2017 from his Pulitzer Prize-winning album Damn, “HUMBLE” is a powerful critique of ego and materialism, delivered with bold lyrics and a minimalist beat, showcasing Kendrick's sharp commentary on society.

    Tune in to the BET Awards 2024 on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

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