The discography of American rapper Kendrick Lamar, consists of three studio albums, one extended play (EP), five mixtapes, twenty-eight singles (including eighteen as a featured artist), two promotional singles and forty-two music videos. Lamar initially performed under the stage name K-Dot, releasing three mixtapes under the moniker: Y.N.I.C. (Hub City Threat: Minor of the Year) (2003), Training Day (2005) and C4 (2009). He gained major attention after the release of his fourth mixtape Overly Dedicated, which was released in 2010. It was Lamar’s first full-length project to be released under his birth name and fared well enough to enter the United States Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it peaked at number 72.
Lamar’s debut studio album Section.80, was released on July 2, 2011 and issued on independent record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). It peaked at number 113 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album’s lead single, “HiiiPoWeR”, was released prior to the album through iTunes. In mid-2012, Lamar began promoting his second studio album and major label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. The album’s first single, “The Recipe”, peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, the album’s lead single, peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became his first top 20 hit on the chart. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was released in October 2012, through TDE, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album received universal critical acclaim and reached number two on the Billboard 200.
On March 16, 2015, Lamar released his third studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly. The album backed by two singles which each achieved mild chart success, first single “i” followed by “The Blacker the Berry”, peaking at numbers 39 and 66 on the US Billboard Hot 100, respectively. To Pimp a Butterfly received universal critical acclaim upon release, much like its predecessor, and had global charting success. Debuting at number one on the overall albums charts in Australia, Canada New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as topping the US Billboard 200.