Compton mayor, city council honoring Kendrick Lamar Feb 13
Kendrick Lamar will receive the Keys to the City of Compton in a special ceremony on Feb. 13 – just two days before the 58th annual Grammy Awards
Kendrick Lamar will receive Key to the City at a special ceremony; honor comes on the heels of White House visit, Grammy noms
Jan. 14, Compton Mayor Aja Brown announced via Twitter that Lamar, 28, would receive the Key to the City in a special ceremony on Feb. 13 – just two days before what is expected to be a major career milestone, the 58th annual Grammy Awards.
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Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” album received eleven nominations at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, more than any other artist. The collection was named Best Album of 2015 by Rolling Stone and Spin magazines. Complex ranked Lamar atop its “The 20 Best Rappers in Their 20s” annual list.
In 2015 he won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the Grammys for his song, “I.” He received a total of seven nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
Hometown accolades continue to flow
Recently, Lamar served as the 63rd Grand Marshal of the 2015 Compton Christmas Parade.
In May 2015, he received the California State Senate’s “Generational Icon Award” from Sen. Isadore Hall III, D–Compton, who represents California’s 35th district.
From the senate floor, Lamar told the legislature, “Being from the City of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and the neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community off of what I do in music.”
“Kendrick Lamar is a phenomenal artist whose work has served as a catalyst to raise a new level of consciousness for this generation,” said Mayor Brown. “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 [influence to] an entire generation.
“[Kendrick Lamar] 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,” Brown continued. “Mr. Lamar’s achievements further Compton’s legacy of ingenuity and excellence. Kendrick Lamar represents Compton’s evolution, embodying the New Vision for Compton — Purpose, Prosperity, and Progress.”
“Kendrick Lamar is one of Compton’s greatest ambassadors,” said Councilmember Janna Zurita. “He has never ever forgotten his roots. We in Compton are proud of him because he is a symbol of what our city really is — a place where dreams can come true. The fact that he’s willing to get directly involved in making our city a better place is another blessing for us.”
Councilmember Isaac Galvan noted, “From the White House to the millions of young people he inspires around the world with his words and commitment to the community, Mr. Lamar is a shining example of what Compton is all about.”
Compton’s Own, destined for greatness
Lamar not only possesses creative musical genius, he is quite the academic, evident by the lyrics in his music. At Centennial High School, his alma mater in the “Hub City,” he was a straight-A student.
Lamar was born in Compton to parents from Chicago, Ill. His mother named him in honor of singer Eddie Kendricks. In 1995 at age eight, Lamar witnessed his idols, Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre, film the music video for their hit single “California Love,” which he later said was a “very significant” moment in his life.