Kendrick Lamar Surprises Compton College Graduates With A Speech In First Post-Drake Beef Appearance

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar attends the ceremony honoring him with the Keys of the City of Compton, in Compton, California, on February 13, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Kendrick Lamar will perform in Los Angeles for Juneteenth, and this is his latest example of emphasizing some hometown love in 2024.

Kendrick Lamar is really taking the concept of "The Pop Out" pretty far, especially for his home city of Compton, Los Angeles. Not only will he perform at The Forum in L.A. on Juneteenth for a special show with friends, but he also appeared at Compton College's 2024 commencement ceremony on Friday (June 7) and gave the graduating class an inspiring speech. For those unaware, this college is a public community university founded in 1927, and yesterday, it was home to the former TDE MC's first public appearance in not just months but since his Drake beef went down earlier this year. Below, you can find a small excerpt of the speech.

"Here is not only a representation of the world, but it's a representation of me," Kendrick Lamar remarked. "And when I walk out in these cities and these countries, I could be proud and say, this is where I'm from. I still believe in Compton. Compton always been a future for me. I think we breed some of the most incredible individuals, creators, intellectuals, talent. We had it since day one. That's why I always screamed this City. I traveled the world. It's no place like this one right here. No place, no place. And I still believe, I still believe in everything that we doing. Brick by brick."

K.Dot Speaks To 2024 Compton College Graduates

But don't fret if you're not in Los Angeles to celebrate these moments, as you can catch a livestream of the "Pop Out" show via Amazon Prime and Twitch. A lot of Kendrick Lamar fans wish that they could be there in the heat of it all, but there are plenty of chances for the world to connect with these appearances. You can find the full livestream of the commencement ceremony below. K.Dot's speech begins around the 41-minute mark.

Full Compton College Commencement: See Kendrick Lamar Around The 41-Minute Mark

Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar recently got some business offers from Dame Dash, so who knows if he'll build up his portfolio with a Roc-A-Fella purchase? He might just pour that back into Compton, a city that we know he'll continue to rep and support regardless of his global status. The 36-year-old gave these graduates a very meaningful and unique moment to remember that very few out there could even speak to. It's heartening to see, especially as the emphasis is on love, community, and perseverance after such a nasty beef.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.