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Kendrick Lamar's kept good company, though it doesn't hurt he's risen from a major rap capital like Compton. Drake, Dr. Dre, Tech N9ne, Game and others have utilized his Ice Cube-inspired flow in their tracks. J. Cole -- who claimed his first No. 1 album in 2011 -- produced singles like "HiiiPOWER" for him, too. Dre's "Detox" may never come out, but Lamar's already out the gate with well-like mixtapes and his digital set "Section.80"; tentatively-titled "Good Kid in a Mad City," his widescale debut, will be out this year.