For the past two years, President Obama has gone out of his way to continuously heap praise upon and throw props at Kendrick Lamar.
In 2015, Obama lauded "How Much a Dollar Cost" as his favorite song of the year, and earlier this year he invited Lamar to the White House for a private meeting, which was then followed by public comments that he'd take Lamar over Drake in a rap battle and that K. Dot is "breaking new ground" as a hip-hop artist.
This past weekend, at an American Express-sponsored pop-up concert in Brooklyn, Kendrick spoke briefly with XXL about Obama's impact as the president of the United States of America on both the hip-hop community and the world.
“I think the world, not just hip-hop owes him,” said Lamar. “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 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.’”
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The gathering that Lamar is referring to was for President Obama's My Brothers Keeper program, an initiative aimed at uplifting and supporting young black men, which found DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Wale, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Pusha T, Chance The Rapper and more paying a visit to the White House this past April.
While's it's doubtful many rap artists, save for Kanye, will enjoy the president-elect's company inside the White House over the next four years, the impact of President Obama's efforts to work with and not against hip-hop will be felt for a long time to come.
By DJ Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.
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