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Grammy-winning recording artist Kendrick Lamar was honored by the state of California for his charitable works yesterday. Find out about the “Generational Icon Award” inside and hear what Snoop Dogg and Pharrell had to say about the rapper’s new disc BUSH.

On Monday, Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is currently riding the charts with To Pimp a Butterfly, was the recipient of the 35th Senate District’s Generational Icon Award. The honor was presented by fellow Compton native Senator Isadore Hall, III who praised Kendrick for donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to support music, sports, and after-school programs in their beloved community. He told the senate floor,

“In less than 10 years as a professional artist, Mr. Lamar has gone from a local Compton young boy to become a multi-platinum, Billboard chart-topping, two-time Grammy Award-winning musician, an incredible achievement for anyone 27 years old. ut Mr. Lamar has not let his recent fame get the best of him. … Mr. Lamar is a familiar face in the neighborhood, giving back to his community that raised him.”

Kendrick, who accepted the award alongside his fiancée Whitney Alford, expressed what an honor it was to be recognized for giving back.

“It’s definitely an honor to be right here in front of you guys. 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 what I do in music. In order to do that for my city all the way to a state standpoint and have these young kids look at me as some type of inspiration, it’s really an honor, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for honoring me today.”

Afterward, Whitney and Kendrick also met with Governor Jerry Brown.

In Burbank, California…

Rapper Snoop Dogg performed a special concert series last night dubbed “Snoop Dogg Live on the Honda Stage” at iHeartRadio Theater last night.

Snoop was joined by Pharrell, who produced his 13th studio album BUSH. By the way, BUSH is in stores today.

Snoop discussed recording BUSH with Pharrell during a recent interview with Rap-Up TV. He said, “This is a funk experience album, which takes you in and out of the galaxy of funk. From a perspective of great music, vocals at a high level, great arrangement, production, just a musical experience for the ages. One to enjoy.

We were about trying to put a record out that doesn’t sound like nobody right now. We wanted a record that had a groove line, that was similar to an era of great music.”

The duo, who first hit the top of the charts with “Drop It Like It’s Hot” also sat for a Q&A with radio personality Big Boy.

Watch more BUSH conversations here:


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Rapper The Game gifted a 7-year-old boy with $700 for his seventh birthday. He said, “Outside the mall in the ATL & ran into a lil boy on his 7th birthday…. Gave em’ $700.. A hundred for every year he been on earth… He bout to get it crackin’ in the mall……. Outchea in A-Town spreading love…….. #TypeOfShitGameDo #TheRobinHoodProject” Nice!

Photos via Getty/Rolling Stone’s Twitter/ Senator Isadore Hall, III Twitter

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