Compton native son Kendrick Lamar was honored by Mayor Aja Brown and the Compton City Council his hometown with the key to the city of Compton. Lamar was bestowed the honor by at the Martin Luther King Monument at Civic Center Plaza during the outdoor event which was was streamed live.

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“Having this key to the city it is not just a representation, [or] a glorification that I have Compton it’s a representation of all of us.  It’s a representation of us opening up more programs for these kids, more job opportunities that’s how I am looking at it from my own plateau.  With that being said as long as I am doing music…as long as I am using my platform I’m gonna always since day one scream Compton and make sure I come back to this community and do right by it because you all have done right by me.” KENDRICK LAMAR’s during his acceptance Speech: Key To The City of COMPTON

“Kendrick Lamar is a phenomenal artist whose work has served as a catalyst to raise a new level of consciousness for this generation,” said Compton Mayor Aja Brown in a statement before the ceremony. “His message challenges the status quo and motivates listeners to rethink our society’s institutions.”

“Kendrick Lamar is one of Compton’s greatest ambassadors,” said City Councilwoman Janna Zurita. “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.”

Now it’s off to the Grammy Awards where Kendrick is up for an amazing 11 golden gramophones for categories including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for To Pimp a Butterfly and Song of the Year, Best Music Video, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Alright.”

Kendrick Lamar City of Compton Key Ceremony