President Barack Obama is already a well-documented Kendrick Lamar fan – he named “How Much A Dollar Cost,” off Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, his favorite song of 2015 – and in a video released Monday, POTUS is shown visiting with Lamar at the White House.
Released by Lamar’s label Top Dawg Entertainment, the clip shows photos of the rapper and the president’s meeting interspersed with Lamar’s commentary about the importance of mentoring youth.
“As a kid, having a mentor was vital to me,” Lamar says. “Always been there when it counted, allowed me to make some of the most important decisions while growing up. So it’s only right that I mentor a younger person with the same wisdom that was given to me.”
Lamar is shown playing basketball with a young boy in black-and-white footage. He continues, “If it helps the next kid be a better person in life, I will forever be aware of my influence and pay it forward. I look where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that were in my life.”
Lamar also explains that he and POTUS talked about “topics concerning the inner cities, the problem, the solutions and further more embracing the youth, both being aware that mentoring saves lives.”
He mentions organizations like the National Mentorship Partnership and programs through Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative that foster mentorship. “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.”
See the whole clip from TDE below.