All Hail King Kendrick!
Earlier today, BMI announced that KDot is now a part of the Broadcast Music Inc. family. The rapper signed a long-term deal transferring all his discography from Warner/Chappell Music to now join the large roster at BMI; a company home to more than 900,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers.
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We are thrilled to welcome @kendricklamar to our #BMIFamily! A global sensation, #KendrickLamar made his major-label debut in 2012 with good kid, m.A.A.d city and quickly rose to fame with 1.72 million in album sales. His 2015 follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly, and his critically-acclaimed 2017 album, DAMN., also reached platinum status. DAMN. debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2017, and in 2018, Lamar made history when it earned him a groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize, making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to receive the coveted honor. Throughout his career, Lamar has also received 13 GRAMMY Awards and 37 nominations (including a GRAMMY win at this year’s ceremony in the Best Rap Performance category for “King’s Dead”), as well as six Billboard Music Awards, and many other honors.
On Monday, Mike Steinberg, EVP Creative & Licensing, said in a statement that “we’re thrilled to welcome Kendrick to the BMI family and expand our great working relationship with Top Dawg Entertainment and its incredibly talented roster.” He adds that “Kendrick’s gift for writing and performing such stunningly impactful music has solidified his stature among the world’s greatest artists and, without a doubt, as a major force in our industry for many years to come. We’re honored that he has chosen BMI to represent his creative works.”
Kendrick Lamar will join Top Dawg Entertainment labelmates ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock and TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. BMI shared a post on Instagram welcoming Kendrick to their ever growing family.
“Lamar made history when it earned him a groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize, making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to receive the coveted honor.”