Kendrick Lamar Receives Generational Icon Award From California State Senate

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Rapper Kendrick Lamar attends "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on April 24, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Kendrick Lamar Receives Generational Icon Award From California State Senate

K. Dot is recognized for his community efforts in Compton.

Published May 12, 2015

Kanye West wasn’t the only one getting honored yesterday. Kendrick Lamar got recognized for his efforts, too.

K. Dot was awarded the Generational Icon Award by the California State Senate. According to, Senator Isadore Hall awarded Lamar on the floor of the Senate and made this statement: “In less than ten years as a professional artist, Mr. Lamar has gone from a local Compton young boy to become a multi-platinum, Billboard chart-topping, two-time Grammy award-winning musician.”

However, Lamar wasn’t receiving the award for his musical success. He’s actually been an active member of his community, giving large amounts of money to the Compton Unified School District to help fund music programs. He’s also donated to non-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s definitely an honor to be right here in front of you guys,” Kendrick said on the Senate floor. “Being from the city of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community.”

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(Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Written by Eric Diep


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