100+ Kendrick Lamar Quotes That Will Inspire You

Kendrick Lamar Quotes | Kendrick Lamar has a way with words that’s both prolific and profound. He uses his lyrics to inspire change, tell stories, and educate listeners on social and political issues in the US and around the world.

In many ways, he can be seen as one of today’s most iconic rappers, but his messages go beyond hip-hop, transcending genres to speak to the heart of humanity itself.

If you’re looking for some Kendrick Lamar quotes to uplift your spirits or motivate you in your life or career, read on for some of the most powerful lines ever written by this incredibly talented artist.


Kendrick Lamar Quotes


“I live this life at a pace that anyone can go. Know your place, and dedicate your role …To the faith that you’ll die alone.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Am I the only one who measures time using songs? “Oh it only took me 4 songs to get here! that’s not to long!.”

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“I be off the slave ships, building pyramids, writing my own hieroglyphs.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“The opposite of love? Vice. Temptation. The negative influences that we have. The bad energy that comes around us and makes us do certain things. To me, it’s always been a war between the two.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Whatever pressure I feel all comes from me, from within. I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Kids don’t see hate in their eyes. They see the world, and living in it to the best of their abilities. And that’s where love comes from for me.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“Consequences from evil will make your past haunt you.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I am a sinner….who’s probably gonna sin again…Lord forgive me!”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I cut off my ears before i hear your advice and vice versa.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’m standing on a field full of landmines doing the moonwalk hoping i blow up in time.”

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“But what love got to do with it when you don’t love yourself?.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’d rather not live like there isn’t a God Then die and find out there really is Think about it.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“The best way to describe myself would be…unpredictable.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“We all seem to stumble, planning our own demise, Getting the big picture, and making it wallet-sized.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“You can’t have people listen to you unless you come to their world and then bring them to yours.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“It’s the beauty in her, But when the makeup occur, I don’t see it, All i see is a blur.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“The message I’m sending to myself – I can’t change the world until I change myself first.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“What separated me from all my homeboys is the fact that I didn’t get caught inside the reality. I was always dreaming about doing something else or going somewhere else.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“Don’t you know your imperfections is a wonderful blessing, from heaven is where you got it from.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Look inside my soul and you can find gold and maybe get rich. Look inside of your soul and you can find out it never exists…”

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“Once I looked in the mirror and decided this is who I am, and I’m not scared of who I am, and I’m not scared that I can’t be like you, and I’m good with just doing me, that’s when I found myself, as a man.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Everybody looking at you crazy, What you gon’ do? Lift up your head and keep moving, Or let the paranoia haunt you?”

– Kendrick Lamar


“My rights, my wrongs, I write ‘til I’m right with God.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“We look so much on color that we forget about the soul.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“Just let me be me, That’s the only way I know.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“The one in front of the gun lives forever.”

– Kendrick Lamar


Kendrick Lamar Quotes About Love


“My mind is living on cloud 9 and this 9 is never on vacation.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.”

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“And I’m not sure why I’m infatuated with death, My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats… Maybe cause I’m a dreamer, and sleep is the cousin of death, Really stuck in the scheme of wondering when I’mma rest.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“We’re all human at the end of the day, making mistakes. But learn from them is the key.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Tell me how I stay positive When they never see good in me.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I was a black sheep, but now I’m just a goat.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Life Will Put Many Red Lights In Front Of You, But Sometimes We Must Push On The Gas And Trust God.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“We hurt people that love us, love people that hurt us.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?”

– Kendrick Lamar


“So next time you feel like your world is about to end, I hope you studied because He’s testing your faith again.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“The sky is falling, the wind is calling Stand for something, or die in the morning.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Tupac, Biggie, Jay. Your usual suspects. These were the people that was played in my household.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“When I ask OGs why there’s so much division in the streets, nobody never really knows. But you know one thing that everybody always mention? A woman.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“In all my days of schooling, from preschool all the way up to 12th grade, there was not one white person in my class. Literally zero.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“My pops and my mom started playing Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers and all these people, but at the same time, they always had Snoop on right behind it in the same mix.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“My folks ain’t graduated from high school or nothing like that, so we always had to struggle in the family – and I come from a big family.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I knew I was blessed with a gift of having both parents.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’m putting out this free music, constantly putting it out.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“I’m just writing, writing, writing. I keep these tablets on me until I’m inspired to go back in and make the music. I never take a break from my pen, because I pride myself on that.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“People are used to music that justifies street culture but something that’s not touched on is why these kids act the way they act, live the way they live.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I always felt like there was a certain standard of music that I had to do from the beginning, even when I didn’t have the recognition that I have now.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I don’t really believe in the type of pressure that people are wanting to put on the type of music that I make.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It’s scary.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Before finding music, I didn’t have too many aspirations. I wanted to hang out, make a little money from whatever I had to do.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“I had to come from something, come from a place that was negative and positive but the majority of it is a negative place.”

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“I used to consider the listener. But now I’m in a space where, if I’m not inspired, I can’t really do the music. I can’t feel it.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Black and brown pride have been taught in my household for a long time.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’m Machiavelli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“My mom’s one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know that you’re making a mistake but let you go on with it, that’s when it ruins your mind state as an artist.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Being acknowledged for your work is always a great accomplishment, whether it’s people in my city, kids in the street, all the way up to the Grammys.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’m selfish.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“The way people look at me these days – that’s the same way I looked at President Obama before I met him. We tend to forget that people who’ve attained a certain position are human.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“You can have the platinum album. But, you know, when you still feel like you haven’t quite found your place in the world, it kind of gives a crazy offset.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“People gonna be they own individuals and have they own worlds and I can’t knock it.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“You don’t hear no artists from Compton showing vulnerability.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“As long as my music is real, it’s no limit to how many ears I can grab.”

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“We’re all put on this earth to walk in His image, the Master.”

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“Groups break up because they never got across what they wanted to do personally, and they have creative differences, and egos start to clash.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“When I talk to kids, I’m really listening. When I do that, we have a little bit of a bigger connection than me being Kendrick Lamar and you being a student. It’s almost like we’re friends. Because a friend listens.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I got a greater purpose. God put something in my heart to get across, and that’s what I’m going to focus on, using my voice as an instrument and doing what needs to be done.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“Whenever I make music, it reflects where I’m at mentally.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I always was that person who was hard on myself and challenged myself no matter what I was doing, whether it was passing third grade or playing basketball.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do and get across and sound like.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I think that’s why I put my energy into making music. That’s how I get my thoughts out, instead of being crazy all the time.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“My passion is bringing storylines around and constructing a full body of work rather than just a 16-bar verse.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“As kid from Compton, you can get all the success in the world and still question your worth.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“God to me is love.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I don’t vote. I don’t do no voting.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“I can’t help the way you was born if you was gay.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Since day one, since the first time I touched the pen, I wanted to be the best at what I do.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Me, as a person, I grow. I’m like a chameleon. You know? That is a gift and a curse for me. But more so a gift, because it never puts me in a box.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’m sticking to the script, I’m putting that organic feeling back in the game.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“When I’m in the studio, I’m looking for creativity I haven’t matched yet, a feeling I haven’t felt. It’s a high.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I always tell people that if I move anywhere it would be Toronto.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’m constantly thinking.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I like to let things breathe.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’ve been called a recluse. There’s definitely truth in that. I like to spend time alone.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“It’s a great, great experience to finally get the reception that you know you rightfully deserve.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“I think my worst problem is actually living in the moment and understanding everything that’s going on. I feel like I’m in my own bubble.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I think my vice would be outdoing myself.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“It’s easy to forget who you are.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“When everybody looks at our generation of kids, they always call us the misfits – you know, like we just don’t give a damn.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“My word will never be as strong as God’s word. All I am is just a vessel, doing His work.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I look at where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I don’t want to be something that just comes and goes.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing – continue to rock it – because obviously, God wants you here.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“My moms always told me, ‘How long you gonna play the victim?’ I can say I’m mad and I hate everything, but nothing really changes until I change myself.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes Images

“I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I always thought money was something just to make me happy. But I’ve learned that I feel better being able to help my folks, ’cause we never had nothing. So just to see them excited about my career is more of a blessing than me actually having it for myself.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“My parents were fairly young in the city of Compton. So the things that they played – you know, that was the hip crowd. So I was being exposed to all these ideas, from Big Daddy Kane to Eazy-E to the Bay Area – Too Short, E-40 – you know, back to Marvin Gaye and the Isley Brothers.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“I’ve got an extra-specific story about Dr. Dre. I saw him when I was 9 years old in Compton – him and Tupac. They were shooting the second ‘California Love’ video. My pops had seen him and ran back to the house and got me, put me on his neck, and we stood there watching Dre and Pac in a Bentley.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“I’m a person of my own opinions, that’s how I was raised. I speak what I feel. A lot of people feel the same way but they’re scared to talk. They’re really scared of the truth – they only want half of the truth. I’ve been living like that – forever in fear – but I know what to say and how to say it now. I ain’t scared of myself. Y’all may be scared; I’m not scared.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“No matter how much good things are going on around you, you still have them little negative things that just wanna come out in front. But you bottle them in because you have so many other great things, but they still there.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“The hardest thing for – not only an artist but for anybody to do is look themselves in the mirror and acknowledge, you know, their own flaws and fears and imperfections and put them out there in the open for people to relate to it.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“At first, I was scared to show fear because you can never be sure how people will perceive you. But I dared myself to do that, to stand out. Now I’ll talk about being beaten up or robbed or making a stupid decision because of a girl or whatever.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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“The majority of my interactions with police were not good. There were a few good ones who were actually protecting the community. But then you have ones from the Valley. They never met me in their life, but since I’m a kid in basketball shorts and a white T-shirt, they wanna slam me on the hood of the car. Sixteen years old.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“If my edge is dull, my sword is dull, and I don’t want to fight another guy whose sword is dull. If you’ve got two steel swords going back and forth hitting each other, what’s gonna happen? Both of them are going to get sharper. Everybody that’s in the industry has lost their edge.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Temptation is just the feeling that you’re the most independent person on planet Earth. That you know everything. That’s something that we all go through as a kid. Now, this lifestyle that I’m in, the same thing exists! But it’s 10 times worse, because everything is at my disposal. When you’re in the limelight, you can get anything you want.”

– Kendrick Lamar


Sonnymoon and Quadrants are a couple of bands that really inspire me in terms of the melodics of things and certain tones and just what feels good. It takes me back to the type of music that I grew up on in my household. We played a lot of gangsta rap, but we also played a lot of oldies, and I think that mix is part of what inspires my sound.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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Kendrick Lamar Quotes About God


“When I went back to my old high school, all these kids looking at me like I’m the real big homie, the same way I look at Jay Z, Nas, or Dr. Dre. You would’ve thought Michael Jackson walked through that joint off the excitement that they had.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“This is the thing about hip-hop music and where people get it most misconstrued: It’s all hip-hop. You can’t say that just what I do is hip-hop, because hip-hop is all energies. James Brown can get on the track and mumble all day. But guess what? You felt his soul on those records.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“We’re in the last days, man – I truly, in my heart, believe that. It’s written. I could go on with biblical situations and things my grandma told me. But it’s about being at peace with myself and making good with the people around me.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“Sometimes you have the trends that’s not that cool. You may have certain artists portraying these trends and don’t really have that lifestyle, and then it gives off the wrong thing. And it becomes kinda corny after awhile. It’s really about keeping hip-hop original and pushing away the corniness in it.”

– Kendrick Lamar


“When you go on your Twitter or look down your Timeline and it’s all great positivity – I love that. But at the same time, it can really divert you from what your purpose is or what you’re trying to do. And I’ve seen artists get caught up in that.”

– Kendrick Lamar


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The Power of Affirmations


Here are a few affirmations from popular rapper Kendrick Lamar that can help you as you start your own career: 1. My attitude is always 100 percent even if my skill is only 50 percent 2. To live in fear of people and what they do is to not truly live at all 3. Life for me ain’t nothing but bitches and money, I hope that don’t sound selfish 4. If God got us, we are tight like virgin toes in new boots 5. I take pride in putting on for my city and making sure these people know when they see me it’s going be some shit popping off 6.


Never Give Up. Ever.


It’s a cliché that many athletes live by, but it’s one worth heeding. Sometimes life seems tough and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel—but there is. Not every day will be easy and you may face some setbacks, but as long as you keep pushing forward, you’ll make progress. So never give up; instead, keep working hard every day to improve yourself and your circumstances.


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