She Thought She Was Just Going To Hang Out With Kendrick Lamar, But Then He Surprised Her With A Life-Changing Gift

"Thank God for you Kendrick and I will continue to pray for you."

In addition to performing a fun and well-attended concert, Kendrick Lamar is showing one loyal fan a massive amount of love. A young woman named Jennifer Phillips, who gets around via a wheelchair, was invited backstage at the Dallas stop of Lamar's DAMN. Tour on July 14 and was taken aback by the rapper's generosity.


Phillips, a quadriplegic who injured her spinal cord in a car accident about a decade ago, is admittedly a big fan of Lamar, having met the 30-year-old performer before, and has attended every show he has performed in Dallas (and even one in Austin). Phillips launched a GoFundMe in April to raise money for a modified van to help her get around better — but Lamar just made that page, which had raised about $4,000, defunct by fulfilling the young woman's wish.

"Thank you for always supporting me. Your [sic] a inspiration [sic] for me," Lamar wrote on a jacket he gifted Phillips, revealing that he was paying for the van. "You are strong and positive. Your [sic] kind and beautiful. For all the years of inspiring me, the least I can do is make sure your [sic] comfortable driving the city. A gift from me to you. Your [sic] always appreciated! — K. Lamar."

Watch the big moment here:

And here's the moment Phillips' mom was told the big news:

Phillips, clearly feeling the love, took to Instagram to thank Lamar. In the heartfelt message, Phillips said she has never been made to feel "like a stranger or charity case" by Lamar or the other people at his label, and said this didn't happen because "I'm in a wheelchair," she just happens to know "great people."

"I never supported them for any benefits like this lol. Their music and shows were enough for me," Phillips wrote alongside a photo of her holding the jacket. "But this is amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you and always will. Thank God for you Kendrick and I will continue to pray for you. And like I said, next time I'm driving myself to your show lol."

Phillips summed up the whole situation pretty succinctly on Twitter, too.

A 2013 study from the CDC reports that 1 in 5 adults — 22 percent or more than 53 million — has a disability of one form or another. The most common functional disability type identified was mobile disability, which was reported by about 1 in 8 adults — or about 13 percent. 

Lamar has lent Phillips a helping hand, but there are plenty of other people who need help getting around out there in a world that isn't designed with them in mind. Accessibility for those who use wheelchairs or other devices to be mobile is a real issue and one that shouldn't be swept aside.

Cover image via @kendricklamar / Instagram


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