Kendrick Lamar is the eponymous debut extended play by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on December 31, 2009, through Top Dawg Entertainment , as a free digital download. It is Lamar’s first project to be released under his birth name; he previously released music under the stage name K.Dot from 2003 to late 2009. Production on Kendrick Lamar was handled by Sounwave, Black Milk, Jake One, Q-Tip and Wyldfyer, among others. It features guest appearances from Angela McCluskey, Ab-Soul, JaVonte, Jay Rock, BJ the Chicago Kid, Punch, Schoolboy Q and Big Pooh. The EP premiered exclusively on DatPiff, and has since been downloaded over 1 million times on the platform.