The White House received a different kind of visitor back in January when Kendrick Lamar came to speak with the commander-in-chief. However, he failed to comment on that meeting and his opinions about the President until now. This week, the 29-year-old rapper performed a show in Williamsburg.
While there, he spoke with XXL about what it was like being in the White House and meeting President Obama. In case you forgot how great he is, he reminded us all, saying, “You look at him as such a high figure in the world, but for him to embrace you and have a connection with you further than just being the president and make you feel like an actual friend.
That’s probably the best moment and one of his best characteristics. I think this word, not just hip-hop, owes him. We all have to give him his credit due for even allowing us into the building. We would probably never get inside that house ever again. Rick Ross, Cole, Nicki Minaj – he really went for us to come experience it.
This is something our grandparents always wanted to see, never thought [was possible] in a million years.” Their meeting led to them releasing a PSA entitled, “Pay It Forward.” In the video, Lamar reflects on the influence his mentors have had on his career path and his success as an artist.
The two of them also shared their views on topics concerning “the inner cities, the problem, the solutions, and furthermore embracing the youth.” The PSA is designed to advertise a mentoring program to help inner city kids get their life on track. So it’s clear that the two have reached some common ground during their meeting, and we look forward to seeing how President Obama will continue to be a force for change even after he leaves office.