Hip-Hop Artists Similar to Kendrick Lamar

Updated on January 10, 2018
Source

Everybody put three fingers in the air

The sky is falling, the wind is calling

Stand for something or die in the morning

Section 80, HiiiPower

— Kendrick Lamar - 'HiiiPoWeR'

Dominant Elements of Kendrick Lamar's Rapping Method

  • Meaningful Content
  • Lyricism
  • Alternating Styles
  • Variety of Moods
  • Powerful Visuals

Rappers Similar To Kendrick Lamar

When making an attempt to describe Kendrick Lamar's style, there is no one word to properly illustrate the aspects of Kendrick's style, flow & techniques.

The Top Dawg Entertainment emcee made a rapid transition from being a revered underground artist to near super-stardom, and he handled it like a leader.

Black Hippy

Black Hippy is a Hip-Hop Super-Group from Los Angeles, California. The rap collective consists of Ab-Soul. Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, and Kendrick Lamar.

Black Hippy - "Zip That Chop That" Official Music Video

Black Hippy

Even though they are all unique artists with a variety of flows, styles, and talents. Despite their - a rap crew would sound terrible if there were no similarities between the members.

Their functionality together as a unit or even in pairs makes them one of the most dynamic four man Hip-Hop groups in the history of the genre.

Top Dawg Entertainment

If you have only listened to Kendrick and not the rest of his Top Dawg label mates, you are definitely missing out. Even if you don't enjoy one in particular, you're bound to enjoy another.

Try listening to songs by Kendrick that feature ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, or any combination of the three. If you like them, listen to some others!

Recent talent added to the T.D.E. roster Isaiah Rashad has some wonderful music as well. Let's start with who I consider to be the most complex and underrated rapper in the crew.

Ab-Soul

Source

Ab-Soul "Black Lip B**tard (Black Hippy Remix)" - Official Music Video

Ab-Soul

Ab-Soul, like the rest of his label-mates, seems to fit on songs with a variety of themes and tempos. Ab-Soul seems to do his best on slower tracks that allow him to speak clearly. His lyrical content is often very witty. An Ab-Soul track can take a few listens to truly decipher correctly.

Still, anywhere from a party song, to a battle rap type track, to a heart wrenching emotional record - "Soul Brotha #2" kills it.

His story telling ability is also very excellent and a large vocabulary helps him tell the story in the best manner possible.

What he seems to excel at is rhyming over smooth tracks with meaningful verses and subject matter that many can relate to.
This is where him and Kendrick share one of their closest attributes.

Like Kendrick, Soulo has a solid catalog; producing quality rather than quantity.

Control System is one of the best albums of the new decade.

Ab-Soul "Terrorist Threats (Featuring Danny Brown & Jhene Aiko)" - Official Music Video

Ab-Soul Recommended Listening

ScHoolboy Q

ScHoolboy Q "Druggys WitH H*es Again" Featuring Ab-Soul - Official Music Video

ScHoolboy Q

Q says that he admired Jay-Z for his ability to always come with a new style.

Q has definitely mirrored that skill, as he comes with different rhyme schemes and flows for different songs (more than the average MC.)

He excels at high tempo party songs, more aggressive "Gangsta Rap", Story telling raps, and more.

This doesn't mean he can't whip up a tear-jerker here and there, but he seemed to have found a niche that worked out for him in his transition to mainstream rap.

Kendrick Lamar, Curtains & ScHoolboy Q "Live Again" - Official Music Video

ScHoolboy Q Recommended Listening

Jay Rock

Jay Rock "Say Wassup (Featuring Ab-Soul, ScHoolBoy Q & Kendrick Lamar a.k.a. Black Hippy)" - Official Music Video

Jay Rock

The first of TDE to hit a wide audience, he rose to fame in 2009 with a song called "All My Life (In the Ghetto)" featuring Lil' Wayne & will.I.am.

Soon after he was announced to be a member of the XXL Freshman Class of 2010. Later that same year he signed with Strange Music, a move that was vital in Kendricks rise to fame.

He specializes in hardcore rap, being a former gang member from Watts, CA.

Like the previous three members, he can craft a song that will provoke thought by painting vivid pictures with his words.

Jay Rock "Parental Advisory" - Official Music Video

Jay Rock Recommended Listening

Isaiah Rashad

Isaiah Rashad "Modest" - Official Music Video

Isaiah Rashad

As the newest Top Dawg Ent. artist, we can expect some material from Isaiah and Kendrick in the near future.

Being new to the game, Isaiah doesn't have too much work put out, but the Clivia EP was a good piece of work and we can most definitely expect some good music from him in 2015.

He is similar to Kendrick in too many ways.

The only time we saw them perform together was during the Top Dawg Entertainment segment of the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher; and neither MC looked too shabby.

Source

Isaiah Rashad Recommended Listening

J. Cole

J. Cole "Forbidden Fruit (Featuring Kendrick Lamar)" - Official Audio

J. Cole

J. Cole and Kendrick have similar subject matter, are both conscious, very lyrical, and are two of the most popular in the rap game today.

The two have worked together a few times in the past. At one point in time they were even hinting on a collaboration joint.

A Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole collaboration project would have been incredibly mind blowing, that's just putting it lightly.

J. Cole, much like Kendrick Lamar, is one of the leaders in this new generation of rappers, and should be making music for a long time.

"They Ready" - J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T. & Kendrick Lamar

Big K.R.I.T.

"1 Train" - A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. & Others

Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. & Kendrick Lamar are two of the realest artists to emerge over the past five years.

It is unfortunate that they haven't collaborated more; something that could be even less likely now after the infamous Control fiasco.

If you haven't already, check out K.R.I.T.

It will be worth your time, trust me.

Big K.R.I.T. Recommended Listening

Pusha T

Pusha T

Pusha T has made classics.

Time will tell if Kendrick's albums will be considered classics

Either way both of these dudes have all the elements of a true MC and have made a lasting impact on the rap game.

King Push is a veteran at this point in the game; his longevity in the rap scene both with Clipse and as a solo artist should prove that he makes music that people enjoy.

Check him out!

Pusha T Recommended Listening

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • TristanDoes profile image

        Tristan 

        2 years ago from Indiana

        Solid list. I would say that King Los is similar, as well. He has some similar flows to Kendrick, very good lyricism, and sometimes just kinda sounds the same.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, spinditty.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://spinditty.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)