Rapper Kendrick Lamar has gifted a disabled fan with a wheelchair-accessible van as a thank you for her years of support.
Jennifer Phillips had been left a quadriplegic after sustaining a spinal injury in a car accident a decade ago, but her lack of mobility hasn’t stopped her from attending the hip-hop star’s shows whenever he performs in Dallas, Texas.
The Humble hitmaker returned to the city for his DAMN. Tour on Friday (14Jul17) and invited Phillips backstage, where he surprised her by revealing she no longer had to rely on a crowdfunding campaign she had set up in April (17) to help cover the costs of a new vehicle – as he had purchased the customised van for her.
He also presented Phillips with a signed jacket, which featured a heartfelt note from the rapper.
“Thank you for always supporting me,” the message began. “Your a inspiration for me. 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 comfortable driving the city. A gift from me to you. Your always appreciated (sic)! – K. Lamar.”
Phillips took to Instagram over the weekend (15-16Jul17) to share photos of the personalised merchandise and express her gratitude for Lamar’s generosity and her undying support for his record label, Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE).
“If you know me or even just look in my Instagram profile for two minutes then you know I am a huge Kendrick Lamar and TDE fan/supporter for YEARS,” she captioned the images. “I was a big fan of music and concerts before my injury but I never supported and loved a label like theirs before. Of course they have great music but they are also great people. None of them have ever treated me like a stranger or a charity case lol (laugh out loud).
“I didn’t meet them because I’m in a wheelchair… Their music and shows were enough for me.”
“But this is amazing and I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she continued. “I love you all 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. Thanks to the whole team!”