After schooling Drake, Kendrick Lamar delivers surprise commencement address to Compton College

"I’m proud of the city of Compton, I’m proud of Compton College, most importantly I'm proud of the graduates out here."

Things have been quiet as of late on the Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake front.

Too quiet.

But after his beef with the Canadian emcee had been unofficially laid to rest, Lamar made a surprise appearance on Saturday at Compton College where he delivered a commencement address to the class of 2024.

<p>Compton College/YouTube</p> Kendrick Lamar at Compton College

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Kendrick Lamar at Compton College

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"I wanted to come out here just to tell y’all how much I appreciate y’all," the Compton native said. "I’m proud of the city of Compton, I’m proud of Compton College, most importantly I'm proud of the graduates out here."

He continued, "I know what it takes. You had a lot of hardship, not only in your house, in your communities, but most importantly, within yourself, and that's the toughest thing to overcome. We still growing day by day, brick by brick, making sure that we develop, not only in physical form but in the spiritual as well."

Lamar went on to extoll the virtues of his hometown, and urged the graduates to be proud of their degree, their alma mater, and their city.

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“Seeing y'all out here, it is not only a representation of the world, but it’s a representation of me," the 36-year-old rapper said. "When I walk out in these cities, in these countries, I can be proud and say, 'This is where I’m from.'"

Lamar also told the Gen Z crowd to ignore those who would hate on their generation, telling them they have the "heart" and "courage to be independent thinkers."

"Now it's all about taking these resources and taking what you learned and applying. It's as simple as that," the 17-time Grammy-winner remarked. "You'll have hardships, you gonna have tribulations as you had coming up here, but guess what? You have someone special in your corner and all around you and that's God, period. Every step of the way."

One might say that this is all ..."God's Plan." One might say it, but Kendrick Lamar won't be that one. Really, it's doubtful that Lamar and Drake will ever be on friendly terms again after their vicious feud spilled out across the internet and into their personal lives. The "Nice for What" hitmaker recently deleted his final diss track, "The Heart Part 6," from his Instagram, seemingly ending their war and taking the L.

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