Stomping With The Big Dogs! Kendrick Lamar To Be Honored By ASCAP With A Vanguard Award!

June 16, 2013  |  

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Is Kendrick Lamar one of hip-hop’s latest saviors?

The critical acclaim and fan praise continues to pour in over his album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, and is showing no signs of slowing down.  People love the way Lamar told the story of his life growing up in Compton and are able to easily visualize everything he describes.

For his effort, ASCAP is honoring him with a pretty big award.

According to EURweb, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will present Kendrick with its Vanguard Award on June 26th.

Paul Williams, ASCAP’s President and Chairman had this to say about Kendrick:

“Kendrick Lamar’s smart, structured story-telling and genre-bending sound make him stand out amongst his peers. He pushes boundaries with his creativity, perfectly illustrating everything that the ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes.”

Past winners of the Vanguard include Santigold, Diplo and Janelle Monàe. Those are just a few of the most creative artists in the music business and it is no wonder Kendrick is being honored.

ASCAP’s VP of Rhythm and Blues added:

“Kendrick is one of the most exciting acts in the rap game today, and we know big things are in store for his career. It’s no wonder that he’s been dubbed ‘the new king of the West Coast’ by rap veterans like Snoop Dogg.”

The awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on June 26th. Singer Usher will also be honored that night with the Golden Note Award.

Are you a Kendrick Lamar fan? Do you think he’ll have longevity in the music business?

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