Monday was a good day to be one of the biggest rappers in the world. First Kanye West got an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, then Kendrick Lamar was honored on the floor of the California State Senate in Sacramento.
Compton native Dr. Isadore Hall, III, senator for California’s 35th State Senate District, presented Kendrick with the district’s Generational Icon Award. Rattling off a list of Kendrick’s achievements and his on-the-ground presence in Compton, Hall went on to say:
“He has personally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support sports programs, after school programs, music programs in the Compton Unified School District to help keep Compton students off the streets and in the classroom. Through his work with his own nonprofit organization and other organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Mr. Lamar is not only giving voice to a new generation of urban youth, he is demonstrating the best of what it means to work hard, do well and give back to his community.”
Check out video from the presentation:
Kendrick’s acceptance speech went like this:
“It’s definitely a 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 the neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community off what I do in music. In order 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, it’s really a honor, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for honoring me today. Thank you.”
After receiving the award, Kendrick met with Governor Jerry Brown and snapped a few shots: