The little boy’s name is also Kendrick!
Rapper Kendrick Lamar penned a special message to a 9-year-old fan who attended his Detroit show.
Kendrick Lamar is by far one of the most beloved rappers of our generation, creating music that speaks to our people and inspires legions of fans along the way. Currently, the Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers rapper is on tour promoting his latest release. At a recent Detroit show, one of his youngest fans, 9-year-old Kendrick, came out with his parents to enjoy his very first concert experience, finally seeing the man he’s named after in person.
Little Kendrick is seen in a photo holding a sign that reads, “My name is Kendrick. This is my 1st concert. Can we take a pic?”
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Apparently, word got back to the hip-hop star, and in the middle of the show, he stopped to acknowledge the child and his family, sending him some words of encouragement and making sure he heard him loud and clear.
“You will forever be great. You’re great right now. You can do whatever you want to put your mind to, you know it? You understand that?,” Lamar said while crouched down on the stage.
He continued talking to the boy, reflecting and reminding him to dream big.
“I remember when I was your age as well. Dream. Little Kendrick, do what you want to do in life,” he added before ending the speech.
The moment by itself was magical enough for the young fan to cherish for a lifetime. But in true Lamar fashion, he went above and beyond, taking time after the show to pen a special message to the kid.
“Young Kendrick. Thank you for coming. I’m glad we got to exchange energy. You are special. Continue to manifest the great energy you possess!!! See you next time!!! Luv!!!,” Lamar wrote.
The young boy is seen in a picture with Lamar’s guitarist Tony Russell after the concert as he holds the note up, looking completely satisfied. His father, David Stewart, took to social media to share his sincere appreciation, saying that while he hoped for a picture, what they received was much better.
“I was hoping for a picture but this was a million times better!… Hope to meet you very soon to show my gratitude. You didn’t have to do it but it displays the true genuine aspect of what you represent,” Stewart wrote.
According to People, Stewart took to his Instagram story to reveal the details behind the full circle moment and how he ended up naming his son after the superstar.
“I named my son after Kendrick 9 years ago. I was at a Kendrick Lamar concert the moment my son was born!! And for that moment to take place is definitely amazing that the universe came back full circle like that!,” wrote Stewart.
We hope Little Kendrick carries this moment with him for a lifetime. Truly magical!
Photos Courtesy of The Hip Hop Guru/KendrickLamarBible/DavidStewart/Instagram