Kendrick Lamar performs in 2012 at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. Photo by Jon Elbaz via Wikimedia Commons
Kendrick Lamar performs in 2012 at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. Photo by Jon Elbaz via Wikimedia Commons

Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, who grew up in Compton, will be presented with the key to the city this weekend, Compton officials announced today.

The 28-year-old entertainer was born in Compton and was a straight-A student at the city’s Centennial High School, according to a Compton city statement. He was grand marshal of the Compton Christmas Parade in 2015.

“Kendrick Lamar is a phenomenal artist whose work has served as a catalyst to raise a new level of consciousness for this generation,” said Compton Mayor Aja Brown. “His message challenges the status quo and motivates listeners to rethink our society’s institutions.”

—City News Service

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