Yesterday was a big day for publically recognizing rappers: Lil Jon spoke at Oxford, Kanye received an honorary degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the California State Senate presented Kendrick Lamar with a "Generational Icon" award. Isadore Hall III, who serves as Compton's state senator, praised Lamar for his artistry, his philanthropic efforts, and his continued involvement with his community. "He is demonstrating the best of what it means to work hard, to do well, and give back," Hall declared on the senate floor. "I always thought how great the opportunity would be to give back to my community off what I do in music," Lamar said in his acceptance speech. "In order to do that for my city... and have these young kids look at me as some type of inspiration is really an honor. I thank you from the bottom of my heart." Lamar also had the opportunity to meet with California Governor Jerry Brown.
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