Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope RecordsNo one killed Kendrick Lamar's positive vibes yesterday during the a surprise album signing event at Best Buy in the city where he was born: Compton, California.
The "HUMBLE." artist told ABC affiliate KABC-TV why it was so important for him to make the special appearance in his hometown for fans.
"It's inspiring. Period," he explained. "If I seen my favorite artist or someone that I admire, it'd give me so much motivation being a nine-year old, a 10-year-old, a 20-year-old kid."
"I just know what type of fire it'll put inside their hearts to continue to do whatever they're doing, whether it's further their education or playing sports," he added. "A lot of these kids out here are so talented. So, it's only right for me to show face and come back homegrown, where I'm from."
Judging from the thousands of fans who lined up for a chance to meet the rapper, it looks like Kendrick really does have the power to inspire his listeners.
DAMN., which features Rihanna and U2, is projected to top the Billboard 200 chart next week and it may be the biggest album debut of 2017 so far. The first single from the album, "Humble," is Kendrick's first-ever top-10 single as a lead artist and a clean version of the track is the new theme song for the NBA playoffs.
And if that wasn't enough Kendrick for you, the lyricist has plans to release more music in the near future. He made the announcement on a fan's Instagram Live feed video during yesterday's album signing.
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