Kendrick Lamar Net Worth: How Much is the “King of West Coast Rap” Worth?

How Rich is Kendrick Lamar
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American rapper and songwriter, Kendrick Lamar has been making waves on the music scene since 2012, and fans are eagerly awaiting new material from the young hitmaker. Set to release a brand-new album in April, Kendrick Lamar’s net worth of $35.0 million only stands to increase and we’ve got all the details on exactly how he’s accumulated such wealth!

Kendrick Lamar’s rap music echoes the socially relevant sentiments of the black community, as well as the volatile political and cultural climate of our times. The 29-year-old star’s critically acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly and his subsequent release Untitled Unmastered, garnered widespread recognition and have debuted on top on the U.S. Billboard 200. Millions of his fans worldwide have appreciated the politically-charged theme of his studio albums, and avant garde experimentation with funk, soul and jazz styles. Kendrick Lamar’s songs and albums have catapulted him to fame and added seven Grammy Awards to his already long list of awards and accolades. Here is everything you need to know about Kendrick Lamar’s net worth, including his salary, endorsements, earnings, houses and cars.

Kendrick Lamar Net Worth: $35 Million

Lamar’s hit singles like “Alright,” “i,” “Swimming Pools,” and “Poetic Justice,” have made him a rich man indeed. The award-winning hip hop artist became the next big thing in rap with the release of his debut album Section. 80 in 2011, and there has been no looking back for him ever since. He went on to release three more albums— good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) and untitled unmastered. (2016) that have made him a household name.

Kendrick Lamar’s net worth has skyrocketed since he burst on to the music scene six years ago. In a short span of time, the multi-faceted rapper has managed to make a name for himself and as of 2017, Kendrick Lamar’s net worth is $35 million. The Compton native has struck a chord with his listeners and is currently ranked among the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ by Time magazine as well as MTV’s “Hottest MC in the Game.” Considering his flourishing career and ever-increasing album sales, the only question on everyone’s minds is ‘How rich is Kendrick Lamar?’

How Rich is Kendrick Lamar: Net Worth Breakdown

Year Net Worth
2016 $35 Million
2015 $33 Million
2014 $25 Million
2013 $18 Million
2012 $12 Million
2011 $5 Million

Besides his phenomenal success as a solo artist, Lamar is also the member of a West Coast hip hop group Black Hippy. He frequently churns out peppy chart-topping numbers in collaboration with popular artists like Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and The Game. Lamar’s collaboration with pop princess Taylor Swift on her hit music video “Bad Blood” earned him a whole new generation of fans and made him one of the top-selling artists of his time. Currently, Kendrick Lamar’s net worth stands at a whopping $35 million and is only set to rise further due to his sold-out tours, concerts and new upcoming album.


Kendrick Lamar’s Music Sales and Endorsements

According to Forbes, the “Money Trees” singer’s income rested at $9 million before taxes in 2015, much lesser than his peers Nicki Minaj and Drake. Not many of his fans are aware of this fact but Kendrick Lamar refuses to do endorsements. In an interview with Forbes, he cited the reason “All money ain’t good money,” behind his stand against advertising products that have made his fellow rappers and musicians multimillionaires.

However, Lamar has made an exception in the case of Beats by Dr. Dre and rakes in $1 million from his endorsement contracts. Reportedly, he also earned $5 million from his stint as the brand ambassador of sportswear giant Reebok. Kendrick Lamar’s earnings are modest and most of his income is made through the sales of his best-selling albums such as the Grammy-Award winning To Pimp a Butterfly which sold a million copies worldwide.

Kendrick Lamar Net Worth

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“Very Urgent” Upcoming Album

Die-hard fans of the “King Kunta” rapper will be ecstatic to learn that Lamar is working on a self-proclaimed “very urgent” new album right now. Although he has not disclosed a release date as of now, he explained, “I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork.”


Recently in an interview, the “The Blacker the Berry” star announced, “’To Pimp a Butterfly’ was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.” Well, we for one simply cant wait to hear Kendrick Lamar’s new album!

Kendrick Lamar’s Home, Cars and Charity

Unlike his other wealthy counterparts, the intelligent and sensible rapper definitely has his head on his shoulders. Shunning the trademark image of a rich rapper with luxurious mansions and flashy cars, Kendrick Lamar’s house is a simple 4-bedroom property in the modest neighborhood of Eastvale, California. He purchased the $523,500 estate in 2014, and it is located in Southern California; an hour’s drive away from the well-known neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Calabasas preferred by famous Hollywood celebrities. Not much is known about Kendrick Lamar’s cars but we can assume that they are a far cry from the Rolls Royces and Bentleys his fellow rappers zoom around in.

Lamar is well-known for his philanthropy and activism. Since he began building his vast fortune, he took it upon himself to give back to society. Born and raised in Compton, California, the “Sing About Me” star was the son of a couple based in Chicago, Illinois and wasn’t exactly raised in abject poverty. Lamar has booked several charity concerts and regularly donates to the after-school programs in his hometown Compton, as well as the American Red Cross.

Besides his successful music career, things are looking up for Lamar on the personal front as well. After many months of speculation, it was revealed in 2015 that Kendrick Lamar’s girlfriend Whitney Alford has become his fiance, although the two are yet to set a wedding date. In a time where relationships are short-lived it’s heartening to see a grounded and thoughtful artist like Kendrick Lamar who is changing the face of rap. In an interview with Forbes, he once declared, “I rap because I know I serve a better purpose as far as making people feel good about themselves.” More power to you!


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