Kendrick Lamar Receives the Generational Icon Award From the State of California (Video)
In the last few years, Kendrick Lamar has ascended to the pinnacle of Hip-Hop. He’s established himself as one of Rap’s finest lyricists through three critically acclaimed albums (Section.80, good kid, m.A.A.d. city and To Pimp a Butterfly), vaunted guest appearances on songs like Big Sean’s “Control,” and breakout performances like the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers. He is now also the proud owner of two Grammy Awards, after a perceived snub in 2014.
Beyond the accolades, however, the thing that matters most to Kendrick is giving back, particularly to those in the community of his hometown of Compton, CA. This notion permeates Kendrick’s music, his artwork and his actions. He has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support sports programs, after school programs and music programs in Compton to help keep youth off the streets and in the classroom.
The streets are watching his moves and, apparently, so is the State of California. Yesterday, during a brief ceremony on the California State Senate Floor, Kendrick was recognized by the State for his public service and leading example. As a result of his efforts in the community he was awarded the State’s Generational Icon Award. While presenting the award to Kendrick, State Senator Isadore Hall has said of the Compton MC “He is demonstrating the best of what it means to work hard, do well and give back to his community.”
We at AFH second that statement and join the state of California in saluting Kendrick and all others in Hip-Hop who are doing well and doing good. Here’s a video of the short presentation.