The senator of California, Isadore Hall III, honored the Compton native Kendrick Lamar Monday by presenting him with the 35th Senate District’s Generational Icon Award. The City of Compton, CA is apart of Senator Hall’s district, and with them both being from Compton it makes sense why he received this prestigious award.
Lamar has been contributing to the music industry for less than ten years, and has already become a impactful artist in the rap game. The talented musician also knows how to give back to the city that raised him. In the Speech Senator Hall stated that, “In less than 10 years as a professional artist, Mr. Lamar has gone from a local Compton young boy to become a multiplatinum, Billboard chart–topping, two-time Grammy Award–winning musician, an incredible achievement for anyone 27 years old.”
If you visit Compton, and I would encourage all of my colleagues to do so, Mr. Lamar is a familiar face in the neighborhood. Lamar’s recent album To Pimp a Butterfly is currently number 19 on the top 200 albums on Billboard.
His latest album’s success could have also played a major part in him receiving the Generational Icon Award, in which he received numerous reviews on how the album was a masterpiece. The Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City rapper has done more for his community besides just being a pop icon, and this is one of the many reasons Kendrick Lamar received this award by the state of California.
Check out Lamar’s thank you speech below.
“This an honor to be right here in front of you guys. Being from the city of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community. …To do that from a city all the way to a state standpoint, and have these young kids look at me as some type of inspiration is an honor, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”