Kendrick Lamar Recalls That the First Time Dr. Dre Called Him, Thought It Was a Prank

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From the Beginning

At this point, Kendrick Lamar is internationally known. He has a certified platinum album, a few Top 40 singles, and a Grammy Award under his belt. With a net worth of $35 million, the rapper even made Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 list. However, he traveled a long way to get where he is now.

Raised on the streets of Compton with connections to Bloods, Lamar hasn’t been shy about seeing certain things too early in life. One sight he was probably destined to see? Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre filming the music video for “California Love” in his hometown.

As an eight-year-old seeing his idols so close up, this moment was a pivotal point in Lamar’s life.

Nine years later, K. Dot released his first full length mixtape, Youngest Head N**ga in Charge (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year). From there on, the Cali native kept working and grinding, never letting his work ethic falter.

He knew he had made it when the idol he saw as a child called him.

Kendrick Lamar performs on the Samsung Stage during day two at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 at Zilker Park on October 1, 2016 in Austin, Texas

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