Obama Meets Rapper Kendrick Lamar: ‘Can You Believe We’re Both Sitting in the Oval Office?’


President Barack Obama recently met with rapper Kendrick Lamar in the White House’s Oval Office, where the two discussed topics including “the inner cities, the problems, the solutions” and “embracing the youth,” a new video released Monday revealed.

The video, released by Lamar’s record label Top Dawg Entertainment, features photographs from the Oval Office meeting and clips of the rapper playing basketball with a young boy as Lamar discusses the importance of youth mentoring. The short video is a promotional effort for the National Mentoring Partnership’s My Brother’s Keeper campaign.

“As a kid, having a mentor was vital to me, allowing me to make some of the most important decisions while growing up,” Lamar narrates. “So it’s only right that I mentor a young 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.”

“I sat down with President Barack Obama and shared the same views,” Lamar added. “Topics concerning the inner cities, the problems, the solutions, and furthermore embracing the youth, both being aware that mentoring saves lives.”

Obama is a big fan of Lamar’s — the president recently named the rapper’s “How Much a Dollar Cost” his favorite song of 2015. Lamar is having a great year; his latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly, was hailed as one of the year’s best by music publications and the 28-year-old leads all other artists with 11 nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards.

While little is known about what was said at the meeting, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett recently told Buzzfeed that the rapper was “nervous” when meeting the president.

“You know what the president said to him?” Jarrett revealed. “[Because Lamar] 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?'”

Check out the photographs and Lamar’s mentoring video above.


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