30 Best Kendrick Lamar Lyrics, Ranked

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Kendrick Lamar is an artist in the truest form. There are few artists who have cemented their legacy as profoundly and poetically as Kendrick Lamar. The Pulitzer Prize Award-winning, platinum-selling rap star is a master storyteller. With a unique blend of social commentary and personal narrative, his words -which are at times packed with layers of raw emotion, insight and uncomfortable truths- are often both universal and personal. The best Kendrick Lamar lyrics tackle the complexities of tough topics such as racial identity and mental health.

For the millions of fans he has, his words are not only heard, but also are felt. The best Kendrick Lamar lyrics resonate with listeners on a deeper level. One of the many things that truly sets Kendrick Lamar apart is his fearless exploration of themes that many rappers shy away from. The Grammy Award-winning rap star's linguistic prowess is matched by his ability to manipulate flows, tempo and tone to complement his storytelling.

With every release, K. Dot acknowledges his role as a voice of a generation and as one of the greatest rappers of all time. We’ve ranked the 30 best Kendrick Lamar lyrics of all time. Let us know what your thoughts on the list are and if you think we left anything out.

30. “I move the crowd like Artest and them”

Cosmic Kev Show Freestyle

29. “I’m the best rapper alive, Jiggaman should have retired, I’m going after Kanye, Lupe Fiasco and Nas, Snoop Dogg and Mr. André, Eminem, Bussa Buss Rhymes”

‘Monster Freestyle’

28. “Visions of Martin Luther staring at me, Malcolm X put a hex on my future, someone catch me”


27. “Dreams of living like like rappers do”

‘Money Trees’

26. “I know some rappers using big words to make they similes curve, my simplest shit be more pivotal”

‘Poe Mans Dream (His Vice)’

25. “When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?”

‘Mortal Man’

24. “From Compton to congress, set tripping all around, ain’t nothing new but a flu of new demo-crips and re-blood-icans, red state versus a blue state”

‘Hood Politics’

23. “I don’t wear crosses no more, Yeshua’s coming back, I ain’t scared of losses no more, I see life in that”

‘Holy Key’

22. “I know what I know and I know it well not to ever forget, until I realised I didn’t know shit, the day I came home”


21. “Everybody a Crip ‘til they black and blue, everybody a Blood ‘til they haemorrhaging”

‘Perfect Pint’

20. “Halle Berry or hallelujah”

‘Money Trees’

19. “Restraining from the doja, imagine if I smoked, I’d probably come up with a quote so heavy you’ll forget every album you heard from Hova”

‘Turn Me Up’

18. “Me and Top Dawg playing rock, paper, scissors in court, a real hustler lose money just to go get some more”

‘The Heart Part 4’

17. “Made my first million fucking dollars, bought a Bible, oh yeah, God got me, made my second million dollars, bought a chopper and binocular, I’m scared, this shit don’t happen to everybody”

‘We Up’

16. “I could never end a career if it never start”

‘untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016’

15. “Most of y’all throw rocks and try to hide your hand, just say his name and I promise that you’ll see Candyman”


14. “I put my life in these sentences, fucking right, it’s either that or life sentences”

‘Westside, Right On Time’

13. “Wicked as 80 reverends in a pool of fire with devils, holding hands, from a distance don’t know which one is a Christian, damn”

‘Hol’ Up’

12. “Everybody heard that I fuck with Dre and they wanna tell me I made it, n*gga I ain’t made shit, if he gave me a handout I’ma take his wrist and break it”

‘The Spiteful Chant’

11. “Let bygones be bygones, but where I’m from, we buy guns and more guns to give to the young”

‘The Heart Pt. 2’

10. “We used to beefing over turf, fuck beefing over a verse, n*ggas dying, motherfuck a double entendre”

‘The Heart Pt. 2’

9. “Looking in the mirror, I’m embarrassed, I’m feeling like a suicidal terrorist”

‘Buried Alive (Interlude)’

8. “At 27 my biggest fear was losing it all, scared to spend money, had me sleeping from hall to hall, scared to back to section 8 with my mama stressing, 30 shows a month and I still won’t buy me no Lexus”


7. “I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both”


6. “Bodies on top of bodies, IVs on top of IVs”

‘m.A.A.d City’

5. “Ain’t no black power when your baby killed by a coward”


4. “The next time you feel like your world’s about to end, I hope you studied because He’s testing your faith again”


3. “I can dig rapping but a rapper with a ghost-writer? What the fuck happened? I swore I wouldn’t tell but most of y’all sharing bars like you got the bottom bunk in a two-man cell”

‘King Kunta’

2. “Third surgery, they couldn’t stop the bleeding for real, then he died, God himself will say ‘you fucking failed’, you ain’t try”


1. “Everybody gon’ respect the shooter but the one in front of the gun lives forever”

‘Money Trees’

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