Here’s What President Obama Said to Kendrick Lamar During Their White House Meeting
This week, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama, appeared on Buzzfeed's Another Round podcast. In addition to discussing former Secretary of State--and current Presidential frontrunner--Hillary Clinton and the prospect of gun control legislation, Jarrett had a bit of information that might be of interest to hip-hop fans: President Obama recently met with Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar in the White House.
Jarrett, who referred to Lamar as "a very nice young man," says that the rapper recently met with the Commander in Chief in the Oval Office. Obama, sensing that Kendrick was nervous, offered a bit of incredulousness to break the ice, saying, "Can you believe that we're both sitting in this Oval Office?" Listen to the podcast in its entirety below:
The 44th President recently sat down, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, to tell People magazine which television shows, movies and songs the two enjoyed in 2015. Obama, who has previously said he's a fan of Jay Z, Lil Wayne and OutKast, said his favorite track of the year was "How Much a Dollar Cost?" from Lamar's blockbuster sophomore album To Pimp a Butterfly. (The rapper responded by saying it was a "great compliment.")
Obama, who will vacate the White House at the conclusion of his second term next January, delivers his final State of the Union address tomorrow (Jan. 12) at 9:00 p.m. EST. White House aides have said that, in a break from tradition, the speech will focus on the country's near and distant future, as opposed to being an outline of the administration's past accomplishments.
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