2015 has been a great year for Kendrick Lamar. Not only because of his successful sophomore studio LP, To Pimp A Butterfly and the news of his eleven Grammy nominations.
This Hip Hop artist got to meet with President Obama in the oval office!
According to The Hill, Kendrick had an opportunity to meet with the president in October when he was in Washington to perform at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said that Lamar and President Barack Obama had shared a conversation in the Oval Office.
“You know what the president said to him? [Because] he was a little nervous — bless his heart, he’s really a very nice young man, and the president said, ‘Can you believe that we’re both sitting in this Oval Office?’” Jarrett said.
Obama once told People Magazine that “How Much a Dollar Cost” is his favorite track!
When Hip Hop artists and the commander-in-chief meets… You know Hip Hop has come a long way.
That’s GOTTA inspire the young black boys/girls in our urban cities!
The Kendrick-narrated PSA below reveals the discussion he and President Obama had about the problems and solutions of the inner cities. The PSA is for President Obama’s initiative, My Brother’s Keeper. In the minute-long clip, directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies, Kendrick becomes a mentor to the youth.
“If it helps the next kid become a better person in life, I will forever be aware of my influence and pay it forward,” he says.
From Compton to the White House. I can dig it!