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Kendrick Lamar And Whitney Alford: A Timeline Of Their Decades-Long Relationship

Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford are one of those couples who like to live their lives outside of the public eye. Unlike many celebrity couples, we don’t really hear a lot of details about their relationship in blogs and social media except for when Kendrick raps about it. Whitney has even been featured on many of her fiancé’s songs, but it was his last album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, where he was the most vulnerable.

Outside of supporting her Pulitzer Prize-winning man, Whitney is also a licensed esthetician and makeup artist. The couple share two beautiful children together and seem to enjoy their privacy. From high school sweethearts to starting a family, here is a timeline of Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford’s relationship.

2001-2005?: Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford Meet

Whitney Alford and Kendrick Lamar attend the 2016 Key To The City Ceremony With Kendrick Lamar on February 13, 2016, in Compton, California

Whitney Alford and Kendrick Lamar at 2016 Key to the City Ceremony

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Kendrick and Whitney met in high school. However, there’s not a lot of details about what year. The two attended Centennial High School, which is located in Compton, CA, and began dating shortly after becoming friends.

2009: Kendrick Lamar Raps About Whitney

In his 2009 self-titled EP, Kendrick rapped about Whitney in the songs “She Needs Me” and “Determined.” He highlighted how he can’t live without her in “She Needs Me” and shared how she’s been his rock in “Determined.”

2014: Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford’s First Public Appearance as a Couple

56th Grammy Awards with Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford

56th Grammy Awards with Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford

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Whitney stepped out with Kendrick for the first time at the 56th Grammy Awards. Kendrick was nominated for seven awards, including Best Rap Album for Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.

2015: Kendrick Calls Whitney His Best Friend

Talking to Billboard in January, the Compton rapper opened up about his love for Whitney. “I wouldn’t even call her my girl,” he said. “That’s my best friend. I don’t even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion — she’s somebody I can tell my fears to.”

Whitney Appears on Kendrick’s "To Pimp a Butterfly" Album

In March 2015, Kendrick dropped his highly anticipated third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, andWhitney provided backup vocals for songs “King Kunta” and “Wesley’s Theory.”

Kendrick Confirms Engagement to Whitney Alford

\u200bKendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford at 2015 BET Awards

Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford at 2015 BET Awards

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During a The Breakfast Club interview, the Grammy award-winning artist confirmed that he and his high school sweetheart were engaged. “Yeah, definitely,” he said. “I’m loyal to the soul.”

2019: Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford Welcome Their First Child

It was reported that the couple had their first child in July 2019. While her name wasn’t revealed at the time, fans later suggested that he mentioned her name in his song “Mr. Morale,” which is off of his fifth album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. He rapped, “Uzi, your father's in deep meditation.”

2022: Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford Welcomes Their Second Child

The couple quietly welcomed a second child, a baby boy named Enoch and they made the big reveal on the cover of the Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers album. The cover features Kendrick holding Uzi while Whitney holds Enoch. Kendrick also mentioned Enoch’s name in his song “Mr. Morale” when he rapped, “Enoch, your father's just detoxed.”

Whitney Reflects on Working With Kendrick on "Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers" 

In May, the makeup artist reflected on working with Kendrick on the album, which she helped narrate, and thanked him in an Instagram post. “Sometimes the mirror is a harsh critic. Shit can get real ugly. Im proud of the work we’ve done individually and as a family. Honored to be a part of this album @kendricklamar. Thank you for your transparency. Healing can begin…,” she wrote.

Whitney Appears in Kendrick's "Count Me Out" Music Video

Whitney also appeared in her beau’s “Count Me Out” music video and shared a snippet on her Instagram page in December.

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