“We all have to give him his credit due for even allowing us into the building.”
Over the course of this past weekend, Kendrick Lamar performed in a surprise concert in Williamsburg presented by American Express. Prior to taking the stage, Kendrick sat down with XXL Magazine to discuss a number of topics, in particular Kendrick’s thoughts on President Barack Obama and their meeting back in January. As Kendrick states, Obama was influential in allowing hip-hop in the White House.
“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 the world, 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.”
It’s hard to overlook that President Obama has made it a point to invite other hip-hop artists through the White House doors. Within his eight years, Obama has invited artists like Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Common, Ludacris, Wale, Pusha T, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled and Timbaland for a roundtable discussion about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, among other artists for other events.
“This is something our grandparents always wanted to see, never thought in a million years, but [we can] pass it down to our generation to say, ‘Alright, I’m in here and I’m finna use my power to let ya’ll see how this thing works and I’mma drop some knowledge on y’all that a man can’t drop on everybody else ’cause y’all have the most influence.’”
You can read the entire interview between Kendrick Lamar and XXL Magazine here. Also, you can watch Kendrick Lamar’s “Pay It Forward” video on the importance of mentorship below: