Kendrick Lamar Connects With President Obama At The White House
K. Dot recalls the experience in “Pay It Forward.”
It was just last month when Kendrick Lamar received arguably the biggest praise of his career as President Barack Obama named “How Much A Dollar Cost,” a standout track on To Pimp a Butterfly, as his favorite song of 2015. As if that wasn’t enough of an honor, on Monday (January 11) a video released by Top Dawg Entertainment reveals the two figures recently sat down for a meeting at the White House.
The 1-minute clip, titled “Pay It Forward,” features commentary from K. Dot, who speaks on his sit-down with the Commander-in-Chief and the importance of mentoring the youth. “I sat down with President Barack Obama and shared the same views,” the “Alright” rapper says, before adding, “Topics concerning the inner cities, the problems, the solutions, and furthermore embracing the youth, both being aware that mentoring saves lives.”
He later goes on to add, “Sometimes I reflect to think back where would I be if I didn’t have a presence of an older acquaintance telling me what’s right and what’s wrong, telling me the pros and cons of every move I was about to make, telling me then best way to plan success for my future.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with Buzzfeed, Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett shed some light on the POTUS and K. Dot’s meeting. “He came and he visited the president, and you know what the president said to him,” said Jarrett. “[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?”