For the last 3 years, Kendrick Lamar has been the most successful artist out of Compton, the hometown of guys like Dr. Dre, The Game, Ice Cube and more. Still, the notorious Los Angeles neighborhood hasn’t just provided Kendrick fodder for his critically-acclaimed, chart-topping albums. Kendrick has done his part to give back, be it with his own charity and appearances, or the constant support he gives Compton in his travels and in the media.

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Next month, on February 13, he’ll be publicly recognized for his devotion to Compton, as the city’s mayor Aja Brown, announced today on Twitter that Kendrick would be receiving the key to the city.


Since his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city in 2012, Kendrick has racked up 18 Grammy nominations, including two victories for his peace-seeking “i” single, which was released in 2014. This year, he was nominated 11 times, just one short of Michael Jackson‘s long-standing record. Recently, he met in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama, joining a very short list of rappers–Jay Z, Eazy E, more–that have met with a sitting president.