Kendrick Lamar Named a 'Generational Icon' by California Senate: Watch

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Kendrick Lamar named 'Generational Icon' by California Senate on May 11, 2015.

Kendrick Lamar was named a "Generational Icon" by the California State Senate's 35th District earlier Tuesday (May 12) and was presented with a plaque honoring the occasion on the Senate floor.

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"In less than 10 years as a professional artist, Mr. Lamar has gone from a local Compton young boy to become a multiplatinum, Billboard chart-topping, two-time Grammy Award-winning musician, an incredible achievement for anyone 27 years old," said State Senator Isadore Hall III (whose district includes Kendrick's native Compton) in a speech honoring the rapper. "But Mr. Lamar has not let his recent fame get the best of him. If you visit Compton, and I would encourage all of my colleagues to do so, Mr. Lamar is a familiar face in the neighborhood."

"It's definitely an honor to be right here in front of you guys," Kendrick told the assembly. "Being from the City of Compton and knowing the parks that I played at and the neighborhoods, I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community off of what I do in music...I thank you from the bottom of my heart for honoring me today."

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