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Kendrick Lamar surprises fan with a wheelchair-accessible van

This rules.


Christine Friar


Posted on Jul 18, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 11:31 pm CDT

Kendrick Lamar takes care of his fans.

During a show in Dallas over the weekend, the rapper noticed Jennifer Phillips (who uses a wheelchair) in the crowd and invited her backstage to hang out after the concert. He signed merch for her, posed for pics, and just generally treated her to a surprise VIP experience—enough for the story to get some viral traction.

What some bloggers didn’t realize was that Lamar’s autograph contained a touching message. Phillips has been working to raise money for a van that can accommodate her wheelchair, and unbeknownst to her, Lamar decided her fundraising was over—he offered to pay for the van outright.

In Sharpie on a jacket, the rapper (who has the best-selling album of 2017 right now) wrote:

Thank you for always supporting me. Your a [sic] inspiration for me. You are strong and positive. Your kind and beautiful. For all the years of inspiring me, the least I can do is make sure your comfortable driving the city. A gift from me to you. Your always appreciated!!!

He then handed her the shirt and asked her to read it. Needless to say, the gesture was life-changing for Phillips, who has been a quadriplegic since 2007.

After a few days of media coverage, Phillips noticed writers were leaving out the best part of the story (ie: the van), so she hopped on Twitter Monday asking that everyone, “Give him some props pls”—because fandom never sleeps, people.

It doesn’t get better than this.

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2017, 12:43 pm CDT