One of the most important rappers in history, 2015 saw Kendrick Lamar presented with a number of accolades which went much further than his incredible lyrical and musical talents. Among others things, the California Senate announced him as a “Generational Icon,” he was the Grand Marshal of the Compton annual Christmas parade, and even had a school scholarship named after him.
Now, Lamar is set to receive another honour from his native Compton. Mayor of Compton Aja Brown will be presenting Kendrick Lamar with key to the city that has served as inspiration for many of his most powerful songs.
There is no doubt that Compton is the foremost influence and inspiration for Lamar’s powerful, often socio-politically-motivated music. Much of his 2015 opus To Pimp A Butterfly deals with African American rights and society, specifically referencing his hometown and the experience of growing up in Compton.
Mayor Brown announced the news via Twitter:
— Aja Brown (@AjaLBrown) January 14, 2016
Lamar’s response was short and sweet:
@AjaLBrown I appreciate that. HUBLUV.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 14, 2016
In related news, a video was released this week showing Lamar visiting President Obama in White House for a “Pay it Forward” PSA. There, the 28-year-old discussed the importance of mentoring programs for young people in impoverished areas, among other topics.
Next month, Kendrick Lamar will be up for a whopping eleven Grammy Awards. He will also be visiting Australia this year to perform at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest, as well as a short run of headline stadium shows.