Compton-based rapper known for his introspective lyrical style who first gained critical acclaim for his 2011 album Section.80. His third album, 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly, helped him earn a wider audience, leading to seven Grammy Awards between 2015 and 2016.
His second album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, won the award for Album of the Year at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards and reached #2 on the U.S. charts.
He has five siblings, and said his parents raised him to have a socially conscious worldview. In 2015, he got engaged to his high school sweetheart Whitney Alford.
He has collaborated with Dr. Dre on several songs, including "The Recipe."