By Will Robinson
May 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

Let’s count up Kendrick Lamar’s career achievements: two adored albums in as many studio releases, two Grammy Awards, and now being officially declared an icon by his home district.

On Tuesday, California State Senator Isadore Hall III awarded Lamar, a fellow Compton, California native, the 35th district’s “Generational Icon.” Hall similarly ran down Lamar’s triumphs, but emphasized that the rapper still keeps his hometown close. 

“If you visit Compton, and I would encourage all of my colleagues to do so, Mr. Lamar is a familiar face in the neighborhood,” Hall said. “Mr. Lamar has not only given voice to a new generation of urban youth; he is demonstrating the best of what it means to work hard, do well, and give back to his community. His story is indeed a uniquely California one.”

After Hall spoke, Lamar briefly took the mic and expressed his sincere gratitude. “It’s definitely an honor to be right here in front of you guys,” he said. “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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