Kendrick Lamar visits White House, meets with President Obama
The meeting was in support of mentoring.org and the president’s initiative, "My Brother’s Keeper."
Kendrick Lamar White House meeting in October focused on mentoring inner city kids, other issues; visit is centerpiece of new ‘Pay It Forward’ video
COMPTON (MNS)—Recently, President Obama said the song, “How Much a Dollar Cost” by “Compton’s Own” Kendrick Lamar was his favorite song of 2015.
October, 2015, the president finally got to meet one of his favorite performers. Lamar was President Obama’s guest in the Oval Office. The two discussed solutions to some of the issues plaguing America’s inner cities.
The meeting was in support of mentoring.org and the president’s initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, which encourages the mentoring of young boys and men of color. Lamar released a video public service announcement a few weeks ago touting the benefits of being a mentor, and shares what he discussed with the president and leader of the free world.
“I sat down with President Barack Obama and shared the same views, topics concerning the inner cities, the problem, the solutions and furthermore, embracing the youth,” Lamar said. “Both being aware that mentoring saves lives.”
In the public service announcement, Lamar touts the reasons why mentoring matters to America’s inner cities.
“As a kid, having a mentor was vital to me. Always being there when it counted. Allowing me to make some of the most important decisions while growing up,” he said. “So it’s only right that I mentor a younger person with the same wisdom that was given to me. If it helps the next kid become a better person in life, I will forever be aware of my influence and pay it forward.
Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, revealed details about the discussion between the two role models in an interview on the podcast “Another Round.”
“[Kendrick] was at the White House. He came and he visited the president, and you know what the president said to him?” Jarrett said. “[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?’”
The meeting with President Obama happened the same week Lamar performed several of his songs from the multiple Grammy-nominated album, “To Pimp A Butterfly” at the Kennedy Center, backed by the National Symphony Orchestra.