Kendrick Lamar receiving Compton key to the city |


Compton honors Kendrick Lamar with key to the city

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The love affair between Kendrick Lamar and his hometown is requited.

Aja Brown, the mayor of Compton, California, announced Thursday on Twitter that the homegrown rapper would be given the key to the city on Feb. 13 in a special ceremony.

“Kendrick Lamar is a phenomenal artist whose work has served as a catalyst to raise a new level of consciousness for this generation,” Brown said in a statement. “His message challenges the status quo and motivates listeners to rethink our society’s institutions. I believe Kendrick Lamar is not only an artist, but an influencer of an entire generation.

“He represents Compton with great pride and I am honored to present him with the Key to the City, which symbolizes our deep appreciation for his philanthropic work and commitment to our community.”

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Lamar was born in Compton in 1987 and regularly references his hometown in his music, as well as publicly.

This isn’t the first honor Compton has bestowed upon Lamar. He was the 63rd Grand Marshal of the Compton Christmas Parade last year, and was also given the “Generational Icon” award last May by the California Senate.

“Being from the City of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at, and the neighborhoods,” Lamar said at the time, “I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community off of what I do in music.”

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Lamar sent a grateful reply to Brown’s Twitter announcement a bit later.

Lamar is a top nominee in this year’s Grammy nominations. The rapper earned 11 nods, largely for his most recent album, To Pimp a Butterfly. EW ranked dubbed it the best album of 2015.

What’s next for Lamar? Maybe a mayoral campaign.

See Lamar’s video for “King Kunta,” a visual celebration of Compton, above.