Kendrick Lamar Praises Barack Obama For Showing Respect To Hip Hop Artists
It is not a secret Barack Obama and Compton's own Kendrick Lamar have built a good relationship. Obama has gone on record to acknowledge K. Dot as one of his favorite rappers and now Kendrick Lamar made sure to let fans know how impactful the President truly is, not only to the Hip-Hop culture, but also to world.
Last Friday (Dec. 16) The To Pimp A Butterfly artist visited the Big Apple to perform at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg for a secret pop-up show sponsored by American Express. Before the show began, XXL caught up with the introspective rapper and posed some questions about the President Barack Obama's term in office.
Kendrick took this opportunity to speak about the first time he meet with Obama and their conversation about role models in urban communities, which Kendrick definitely embodies. Kendrick said, “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 meet a lot of people in high places and sometimes they get so detached from the world and from the people, they don’t even know how to interact with you. Basically watching him interact with my mother, my little niece, myself as a human, I think that’s the greatest thing.”
Kendrick also spoke about the POTUS' impact on the world and his appreciation for his approach to the culture saying, “I think the world, not just hip-hop owes him,” Kendrick said. “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. Think about it like that. 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 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 y'all 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.”