Watch Kendrick Lamar presented with the keys to hometown of Compton

Rapper honoured for 'challenging the status quo'

Kendrick Lamar was given the ceremonial keys to Compton, California at an event in the city today (February 13).

The rapper was born in Compton in 1987 and has written about his life growing up in the city throughout his career, most notably on 2012 album ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’. An 8 year-old Lamar witnessed Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre shooting the video for ‘California Love’ in Compton in 1995.

Announcing the honour last month, Compton mayor Aja Brown paid tribute to Lamar “challenging the status quo” in his music.

“Kendrick Lamar is a phenomenal artist whose work has served as a catalyst to raise a new level of consciousness for this generation,” Brown in a statement before the ceremony.

“His message challenges the status quo and motivates listeners to rethink our society’s institutions.”

See footage from the ceremony below.

#KendrickLamar receives the to #Compton [@kendricklamar]

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