There is no telling how many fans streaming out of American Airlines Center on Friday turned to a friend after Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. tour stop in Dallas and said, “That just changed my life.”
Most were probably exaggerating, at least a little bit. But Jennifer Phillips, who has used a wheelchair since 2007 after a car accident that caused a spinal cord injury, meant it.
Lamar and his record label, Top Dawg Entertainment, are reportedly donating a new modified van to Phillips, whom Lamar called “an inspiration for me” as part of a greeting on a jacket he autographed for her after the show.
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“For all the years of inspiring me, the least I can do is make sure your [sic] comfortable driving the city,” Lamar wrote in the inscription.
Phillips had been raising money on her own for a new van that could accommodate her wheelchair, but as of Monday morning, her GoFundMe page was inactive, thanks to Lamar’s generosity. She announced the gifts on social media early Saturday morning.
“I’ve been to every show Kendrick has had in Dallas,” Phillips said in an Instagram post. “That’s eight shows and not including the other TDE artists shows. 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.”
In other social media posts, Phillips showed off a custom Dallas Mavericks jersey the TDE team gave to her, with Lamar’s nickname “Duckworth” on the back.
But the most life-changing gift, of course, will have Phillips driving in style.
“Next time, I’m driving myself to your show,” Phillips said on Instagram.