​kendrick lamar will be given the keys to compton

Obama’s (and our) favorite rapper will receive the high honor from his hometown in February.

by Charlotte Gush
15 January 2016, 11:02pm

The mayor of Compton has announced that Kendrick Lamar is to receive the keys to his hometown. The experimental musician, whose track "How Much A Dollar Cost" was selected by Barack Obama as his track of the year -- and whose song "Alright" has become an unofficial protest song for the Black Lives Matter movement -- will be recognized at a ceremony on February 13.

Mayor Aja Brown tweeted, "@kendricklamar you inspire millions + rep #Compton w/ honor! Excited to give you the #keytothecity Feb13th! #VisionForCompton #ComptonUp," to which the rapper responded, "I appreciate that. HUBLUV".

In a longer statement reported by RapUp, Mayor Brown says, "Kendrick Lamar is a phenomenal artist whose work has served as a catalyst to raise a new level of consciousness for this generation… 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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