Kendrick Lamar


Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, who performs as Kendrick Lamar, was born in Compton, California, on June 17, 1987. After writing stories as a child, he put to music some lyrics about the rough Compton streets he grew up on. He rapped under the name K-Dot, releasing a series of increasingly popular mix tapes, which brought him to the attention of hip-hop super-producer Dr. Dre. Lamar's debut major-label recording, good kid, m.A.A.d City, was released to great acclaim and impressive sales for an up-and-coming recording artist. He continued to receive accolades for his 2015 album, To Pimp a Butterfly, and his 2017 follow-up, DAMN.; both won Grammys for Best Rap Album, while DAMN. also made history as the first of its genre to earn a Pulitzer Prize. Source

excerpt from “How Much a Dollar Cost”

Walked out the gas station

A homeless man with a semi-tan complexion

Asked me for ten rand

Stressin' about dry land

Deep water, powder blue skies that crack open

A piece of crack that he wanted, I knew he was smokin'

He begged and pleaded

Asked me to feed him twice, I didn't believe it

Told him, beat it

Contributin' money just for his pipe, I couldn't see it

He said, my son, temptation is one thing that I've defeated

Listen to me, I want a single bill from you

Nothin' less, nothin' more

I told him I ain't have it and closed my door

Tell me how much a dollar cost

It's more to feed your mind

Water, sun and love, the one you love

All you need, the air you breathe


I wash my hands, I said my grace, what more do you want from me?

Tears of a clown, guess I'm not all what is meant to be

Shades of grey will never change if I condone

Turn this page, help me change, to right my wrongs


Tell me how much a dollar cost

It's more to feed your mind

Water, sun and love, the one you love

All you need, the air you breathe






Literary Movements:

Rap & Hip Hop

Anthology Years:



Rap & Hip Hop

Literary Devices:


The repetition of a word within a phrase, in which the second use of the word utilizes a different and sometimes contrary meaning from the first.


The repetition of similar vowel sounds that takes place in two or more words in proximity to each other within a line; usually refers to the repetition of internal vowel sounds in words that do not end the same.


conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or movie

End Rhyme

when a poem has lines ending with words that sound the same


the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses


an instruction or a command

Internal Rhyme

A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.


the use of more words than necessary to express meaning, redundancy


a type of popular music of US black origin in which words are recited rapidly and rhythmically over a prerecorded, typically electronic instrumental backing


a recurrence of the same word or phrase two or more times

Rhetorical Question

a question asked for effect, not necessarily to be answered


correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, especially when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry