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Kendrick Lamar receives Key to the City of Compton — watch

on February 13, 2016, 3:35pm

Kendrick Lamar is up for 11 nominations at Monday night’s Grammy Awards, but his first accolade came on Saturday when he was presented the Key to the City of Compton by Mayor Aja Brown.

During the ceremony various community leaders spoke of Kendrick’s positive impact on the city and its youth. Local school children from Kendrick’s alma mater Centennial High School also performed “i” and “Alright”.

Upon accepting the key, Kendrick remarked, “Having this key to the city is not just a representation or the glorification that I have Compton, it’s a representation of all of us, this is a representation of us opening more programs for these kids, opening more job opportunities, that’s how I’m looking at it from my own platform. With that being said, as long as I’m doing music, as long as I’m using my platform for something, I will always scream ‘Compton’ and make sure to come back to this community and do right by it, because you all did alright by me. Through all the hardship, losing family members, losing homeboys, for some reason we always still love Compton, because we have faith.”

Mayor Brown also joked that Kendrick’s key is “better” than the key Drake received from Toronto’s mayor last night.

A full recording of the ceremony can be seen on Periscope. Scroll to the 56:00 mark to see Kendrick’s speech.