Compton to give rapper Kendrick Lamar a key to the city

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

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.''

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