MTV Jams' Fab 5: Kendrick Lamar Makes The List

By Rob Markman, with reporting by Felicia Morris

It’s always good to have options. Just in case this rap thing doesn’t work out for Kendrick Lamar he has other avenues that he can explore, not that he’d need to. We here at RapFix have a pretty good feeling about K-Dot’s future in music, even if he does have a plan B.

"Playboy, pornos, if I wasn't an artist," Kendrick said jokingly to MTV News, about other possible career options.

Luckily, Lamar doesn't have to explore those avenues now that he has earned himself a record deal through Top Dawg Entertainment and Dr. Dre's Aftermath labels. In fact the rising MC has made such an impression on the rap game that he was chosen to be included in MTV Jams' 2012 Fab 5 lineup.

Conceived on MTV Jams in 2005, the Fab 5 is a collection of the year's most outstanding new hip-hop artists who have made an impact on everything from touring to releasing their debut albums. Fab 5 alumni include Juelz Santana, Young Jeezy, Drake, Big Sean and Meek Mill. This year, MTV Jams, MTV News and Sucker Free will bring you 2012's hottest hip-hop upstarts, and Kendrick Lamar is at the top of the list.

"Kendrick Lamar is a nappy-head little boy from Compton, California," he said.

After originally recording under the name K-Dot, the fiery lyricist re-branded himself, going by his government name on 2009's Kendrick Lamar EP. After that, came his 2010 stand-out tape, Overly Dedicated, an appearance on XXL magazine's coveted Freshmen cover and a deal with Dr. Dre's Aftermath record label through Interscope. Last year's independent LP, Section.80, helped to solidify Kendrick as a fan favorite and set up his proper major-label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, due in October.

With all that has happened for Kendrick, it's hard to imagine that he'll ever have to fall back on his plan B, but having options is never a bad thing. "Somebody asked me to be in a porno for the Playboy channel on Twitter, it was a female," he joked. "I haven't wrote back yet."

Check back next Monday to find out who will join Kendrick Lamar in the Fab 5. And tune in to "RapFix Live," where each artist will be highlighted.

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