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Kendrick Lamar was named after The Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks

Kendrick Lamar was named after The Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks

Kendrick Lamar’s parents are from Chicago and they enjoyed soul music playing around the house; they listened to Otis, Isley Brothers, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and more.

During a 2013 interview with Arsenio Hall, Kendrick Lamar revealed that his first name is an ode to late Temptations co-founder Eddie Kendricks saying; “….Otis, Isley Brothers, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Luther Vandross. I was raised on gangster rap and Otis.. My mother named me after Eddie Kendricks, she just took the s off the joint”

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