Kendrick Lamar coming home for Christmas
Compton's Own Kendrick Lamar will Grand Marshal the 63rd annual Compton Christmas Parade
Kendrick Lamar will Grand Marshal 63rd annual Compton Christmas Parade; celebration of Yuletide pageantry and cheer set for Saturday, Dec. 12
COMPTON (MNS) – The Compton Herald has learned rapper Kendrick Lamar will grace the 2015 Compton Christmas Parade as Grand Marshal.
Themed “Christmas in Compton,” the parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, and follows Compton Boulevard west from Bullis Road to Alameda Street.
Lamar leads the 2016 Grammy award nominations with eleven, including Album of the Year for “To Pimp a Butterfly,” and Song of the Year for “Alright”
Compton’s native son has been burning up the hip hop charts since receiving seven nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. That year, the rap star won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his song, “I.”
In May 2015, Lamar even received the attention of the California Legislature, as he was awarded the political body’s “Generational Icon Award” from Sen. Isadore Hall III, D-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.”
“To Pimp a Butterfly” was named he best album of 2015 by music industry magazines Rolling Stone and Spin. Complex ranked Lamar atop its “The 20 Best Rappers in Their 20s” annual list.
Lamar was born in Compton to parents from Chicago, Illinois. He was named in honor of the Temptations’ falsetto, 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.” This proved to be a very significant moment in Lamar’s life. As a teenager, Lamar attended Centennial High School in Compton.