Kendrick Lamar Signs With BMI

Multiple award-winning superstar and recording artist Kendrick Lamar has signed a long-term deal with BMI to represent his critically-acclaimed catalogue of music worldwide. 

Lamar joins BMI’s growing roster of more than 900,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers which includes label-mates SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad and Skiiiwalker.

Mike Steinberg, EVP Creative & Licensing at BMI, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Kendrick to the BMI family.

“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 honoured that he has chosen BMI to represent his creative works.” 

A global sensation, Lamar 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 theBillboard 200 chart in 2017, and in 2018, Lamar made history when it earned him a ground-breaking Pulitzer Prize, making him the first non-jazz or classical artist to receive the coveted honour. 

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 honours.  

In addition to his solo work, Lamar has achieved incredible success as a collaborator on chart-topping hits such as “Don’t Want to Know” (with Maroon 5), “Bad Blood” (with Taylor Swift), “Loyalty” (with Rihanna) and most recently, “All the Stars” (with SZA) from the Black Panther soundtrack. 

The double platinum single has garnered four Grammy and two Golden Globe nominations this year as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

As the newest member of the BMI family, Lamar joins some of the world’s most renowned songwriters including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Ozuna, Lady Gaga, Julia Michaels, Khalid, Post Malone and Halsey among many others.