May 17, 2017


High Schooler Tiona Cordova's Kendrick Lamar Portrait to Be Displayed in U.S. Capitol

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Big day for people who often think of Kendrick Lamar's aspirational lines "I should probably run for mayor when I'm done, to be honest" and "I'mma put the Compton Swap Meet by the White House," as the grea-test ra-pper a-live is heading to Washington, D.C. for a one-year residency in portrait form thanks to Tiona Cordova.

Cordova, a student at Centennial High School in Pueblo, Colo., calls her Kendrick portrait Utmost Appreciation. She's the winner for Colorado's 3rd congressional district in the annual Congressional Art Competition, which began in 1982. Rep. Scott Tipton announced the victory on social media, where he also honored runner-up Kenda Yund:

"Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries," the House of Representatives' site explains.

A June ceremony celebrates all the winners, whose portraits, like Utmost Appreciation, will reside in the Capitol soon.

Next, watch an old-school Fuse x Kendrick interview: