Millionaire Rap Mogul, Kendrick Lamar’s Net Worth Soars from Sales of Grammy Award-Nominated Albums

How Rich is Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar is a rapper and record producer with an estimated $18.5 million net worth, and five Grammy awards to his name. He is undoubtedly the next big thing in the rap and hip hop industries. His Grammy-winning singles “i” and “Alright” have not only topped global music charts, but have also hit the right note with listeners, considering the self-motivating lyrics. Kendrick Lamar is another established rapper from Compton, in the same vein as Dr. Dre, The Game, and Ice Cube.

Kendrick Lamar with Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez at Grammys

In 2013, MTV penned Lamar as the “Hottest MC in the Game” on its annual list of upcoming and best artists on the international rap scene. Lamar collaborated with pop queen, Taylor Swift on her “Bad Blood” single and won himself another Grammy for Best Music Video. He has had sold-out concerts and tours, making him one of the top-selling artists of this decade. Kendrick Lamar’s net worth has increased significantly over the years, making him one of the fastest rising millionaire rappers in the industry.

Kendrick Lamar Net Worth over the Years

Year Net Worth
 2011 $5 million
 2012 $12 million
 2013 $13 million
 2014 $15 million
 2015 $18.5 million

Kendrick Lamar Album Cover

Music Sales and Concerts

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is straight out of Compton, California, and had quite a “street” upbringing, in which he started rapping as a young African-American teenager. In 2003, the then 16-year-old released a full-length mixtape that led him to a recording deal with a Top Dawg Entertainment record label. After three more mixtapes, Lamar released his first studio album, Section.80 in 2011. Considering his gain in popularity on the West Coast rap scene, fellow rap legends Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and The Game coined him as the “New King of the West Coast.” In 2012, he signed a deal with Interscope Records and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, releasing his following studio albums, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (2015). Huge amounts of his earnings have come from Kendrick Lamar’s live performances on TV shows, concerts, and tours.

Kendrick Lamar Beats By Dre

Endorsements & YouTube Millionaire

Kendrick Lamar gets somewhere around half a million for product endorsements, making some great additions to his net worth. His endorsement deals currently include Reebok and Dr. Dre’s signature music electronics company, Beats By Dre. So far, Lamar has added $5.0 million to his wealth through these fruitful deals alone. The 28-year-old rapper has had about 400 million views on his VEVO channel on YouTube. Making $3 million from these views is not bad at all, and his “Bad Blood” video with Taylor Swift has also surpassed a billion views!

Kendrick Lamar’s Modest Home

Lamar is a humble spender, who spent just about half a million dollars on his Californian residence. The $532,00 house in the calm and quiet Eastvale neighborhood is actually 7,800 square feet, giving the rapper ample space. Unlike most of his successful rap friends in the game, Lamar has a modest four-bedroom home, without a swimming pool or a garage full of flashy cars.

Kendrick Lamar Net Worth Breakdown

Source Earnings
Concerts $125,000/show
Endorsements $5 million
Investments $3 million
Record Album Sales $2 million
Singles $340,290
Estimated endorsement salary $2.5 million
Estimated annual salary $455,000
Current Kendrick Lamar Net Worth $18.5 million

Unlike most rappers, Kendrick Lamar hasn’t promoted a flashy lifestyle of hitting strip clubs or spending millions on chains. Instead, Lamar keeps stacking and saving his deserving riches. His next album is currently in the works, with a mid-2017 date being teased to fans.

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