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This year, we’re celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising artists who are creating history before our very eyes. It’s only fitting that we begin this month-long series with popular music’s most forward-thinking, undeniable auteur: Kendrick Lamar.

Other hip hop artists have been able to command audiences this decade, but no other MC has been able to challenge the art form, while giving a much-needed voice to people shuffled to the margins of popular culture. With the piercingly personal good kid, m.A.A.d city and the culturally indispensable To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar has become a critically beloved titan—all without losing his sense of self or his roots.

With every new eye-popping video, must-see performance, mind-blowing verse and much-deserved award, Kendrick Lamar is becoming an all-time legend in music and the African-American community. Today, we celebrate his achievements, recognize his legacy, and look forward to what’s next.

Check back with Fuse every day through the end of February for more tributes to Future Black History artists!