Hip-hop and politics are often close neighbors. Not too many artists embody this sentiment like Kendrick Lamar. From songs like "Never Catch Me" where Lamar collaborates with Flying Lotus to tackle controversial police shootings to his most recent "DNA," which challenges police brutality and socio-political ownership, Lamar does not shy away from speaking his mind on social, political and government-related issues.
For this reason, it is only fitting that a portrait of him will be hung in the U.S. Capitol Building for a year. What’s even more impressive is that the painting was done by a high school student who titled it "Utmost Appreciation." If that's not a shout out of love, then nothing is. According to Billboard, Tiona Cordova is a student at Centennial High School in Colorado who won first place in this year’s Congressional Art Competition with her painting. The competition serves to highlight “artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district,” and Cordova received the announcement of her winner status from Congressman Scott Tipton via twitter. Check out the tweet below.