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​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
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Jan 15 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".