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KENDRICK LAMAR'S MOST STYLISH VIDEOS

By Style Feed Staff, 17 June 2017

Kendrick Lamar has enjoyed a big year in 2017. After giving us all 'til April 7th to get our sh*t together, the LA rap don dropped his fourth studio album – DAMN. – then sat back and watched it fly straight to the top of the charts. To celebrate K-Dot’s 30th birthday, we’re dropping a masterpiece of our own – a round-up of Kendrick's most stylish music video outfits to date. Check 'em out.

Kendrick Lamar, Alright

This song scored two Grammys, has been hailed as an unofficial Black Lives Matter anthem and was chanted by protesters during a Donald Trump rally in Chicago at the weekend. When a track carries that much political potency it needs an equally epic video, so naturally Kendrick ended up in the air. Director Colin Tilley, who also directed the video for Lamar’s These Walls and Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, has Kendrick flying through a city of despair spreading the song’s message of hope. While in flight the rapper rocks various strong street-ready looks, including a camo coat, double denim and Timberland boots. Kendrick was so inspired by Tilley’s concept for the video that he wrote an opening song for the film to create a full six minutes of absolute dynamite.

Schoolboy Q, Collard Greens ft. Kendrick Lamar

Interpret the song title as you will, but one thing’s for sure: Collard Greens boasts another classic Kendrick ‘fit. As Schoolboy Q, wearing various patterned tees and bucket hats, kaleidoscopes in and out of every cut, a younger-looking K-Dot bursts onto the screen rapping in Spanish. While that’s impressive, Kendrick’s two outfits are even better – the rapper initially dons a black LA snapback and black and white graphic shirt, while later we see him in an all-white getup of jeans and oversized hoodie.

Kendrick Lamar, These Walls ft. Bilal, Anna Wise, Thundercat

These Walls offers a smörgåsbord of style from each end of the sartorial spectrum. As we travel through an increasingly hostile house party, we’re treated to an assortment of 90s track jackets, velour shellsuits and even Terry Crews in an unbuttoned leather jacket (if that isn’t variety, we don’t know what is). But breaking through the commotion and stealing the limelight is Kendrick in a fresh white tee, red plaid shirt and dark indigo-wash jeans.

A$AP Rocky, F**kin' Problems ft. Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar

'All these motherf*ckers wanna dress like me,' raps A$AP Rocky in his 2012 single F**kin' Problems, a point illustrated mere minutes later when collaborator Kendrick turns up in the video wearing exactly the same outfit. Awkward. Joke's on A$AP, though, as not only does Kendrick's me-too approach make him instantly at least the second best-dressed dude in a clip that also includes major fashion players Drake and 2 Chainz, the dapper rappers' matching overcoats, white shirts, turned-up jeans and work boots are giving us serious smart-casj squad goals.

Kendrick Lamar, King Kunta

This video casts Kendrick as the king of Compton in a triumphant return to his hometown. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Director X (Rihanna’s Work, Drake’s Hotline Bling), it’s a love letter to the city that sees the rapper party in a car park, a convenience store and on top of the Compton Fashion Center. He does so in all-American style – dressed in red, white and blue – and dons a Patriots varsity jacket, white tee, blue jeans, Dodgers cap and a fresh pair of Reeboks.

Mike WiLL Made-It, Perfect Pint ft. Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, Rae Srummurd

Never mind a Perfect Pint, DNA director Nabil’s lean-addled opus is just about the perfect music promo. Cheap CGI, Fear and Loathing references, Swae Lee dressed as a punk, Gucci Mane dressed as an astronaut, video girls riding kangaroos... And that’s before Kung Fu Kenny turns up. He drives a flying car and transforms into a giant to help us better admire his Vans Old Skool, BAPE camo two-piece and trademark fisherman beanie. Perfect.

Kendrick Lamar, HUMBLE.

Borderline big-screen-worthy visuals do HUMBLE. – arguably the biggest track on his latest lesson in hip-hop, DAMN. – justice, but his sartorial choices aren’t humble at all. In fact, the number of stylish outfits on show is almost arrogant. We see him rolling in money in a strong, black sweatshirt. Getting a perm in a camo tracksuit. Struggling at golf in a knitted polo and burgundy chinos. Re-enacting The Last Supper in a hoodie and blazer. At church in a full white suit. The list could go on, but you get our point – you’ll struggle to find a bigger display of style packed into three minutes.

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