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Kendrick Lamar Announced as 2015 Grand Marshal of Compton Christmas Parade
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 10, 2015

 63rd annual Christmas Parade to take place Sat. Dec. 12

Kendrick Lamar performs at Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park on Saturday, Aug, 8, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Kendrick Lamar performs at Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park on Saturday, Aug, 8, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is the leading nominee for the 2016 GRAMMY awards with 11 nominations, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly” and song of the year for “Alright”, was announced recently as the 2015 Compton Christmas Parade Grand Marshal.

Lamar, 28, won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his song “I” at the 2015 Grammy awards.

In May, Lamar received the California State Senate’s “Generational Icon Award” from State Senator Isadore Hall III (D–Compton) who represents California’s 35th district. From the senate floor, Lamar told the legislature, “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.” “To Pimp a Butterfly” was named best album of 2015 by Rolling Stone and Spin magazine. Complex ranked Lamar atop its “The 20 Best Rappers in Their 20s” annual list.

FILE - This July 2, 2011 file photo shows rapper Kendrick Lamar in Los Angeles. Lamar made a splash with his major label release, debuting No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 behind Taylor Swift, and topped the rap charts with more than 241,000 copies sold. His album also generated 2.8 million streams through Spotify, the second highest first week output so far this year. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

FILE – This July 2, 2011 file photo shows rapper Kendrick Lamar in Los Angeles. Lamar made a splash with his major label release, debuting No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 behind Taylor Swift, and topped the rap charts with more than 241,000 copies sold. His album also generated 2.8 million streams through Spotify, the second highest first week output so far this year. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

Lamar was born in Compton, California, to parents from Chicago, Illinois.  His birth name was given to him by his mother in honor of singer Eddie Kendricks.  In 1995, at the age of eight, Lamar witnessed his idols, Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre, film the music video for their hit single “California Love”, which later proved to be a very significant moment in Lamar’s life.  As a teenager, Lamar attended Centennial High School in Compton, where he was a straight-A student.

Lamar will ride in the 63rd Compton Annual Christmas Parade presented by the City of Compton, themed “Christmas in Compton” on Saturday, December.  The parade begins at 11 a.m. and travels west on Compton Boulevard from Bullis Road to Alameda Street.

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For more information and the latest on the parade follow the City of Compton on Twitter at @ComptonCityHall, Instagram at @ComptonCityHall and on Facebook at Facebook.com/ComptonCityCA.  Now trending at #VisionForCompton.

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