Kendrick Lamar On Obama: “No Matter How High-Ranking You Get In This World, You’re Human”
Kendrick Lamar is still basking in his high-profile meeting with President Barack Obama, and rightfully so. In Billboard’s cover story on the Grammy-nominated Comptonite, K. Dot spoke further on his meeting of the minds with the POTUS.
“The way people look at me these days — that’s the same way I looked at President Obama before I met him,” he gushed. “We tend to forget that people who’ve attained a certain position are human. When [the president] said to my face what his favorite record was — I understood that, no matter how high-ranking you get in this world, you’re human.”
The two met earlier this year to discuss issues concerning the disadvantaged inner cities of the United States and some solutions of how to rectify the issues through the power of mentorship through his “Pay It Forward” campaign.
The feelings that Lamar has towards the 44th President are mutual. President Obama has sung Kendrick’s praises more than once, stating that his song “How Much A Dollar Cost” was his favorite song of 2015, and that he would choose the rapper over Drake in a rap battle. He also said that To Pimp A Butterfly was the “best album” of 2015.
“No matter how high the pedestal you reach, we all still like a beat,” Kendrick says about Obama’s music taste. “Even the president has got to hear that snare drum.”