Kendrick Lamar Meets With President Obama: Watch
Kendrick Lamar and President Barack Obama recently met to discuss the importance of mentorship for today's youth.
In a video shared Monday (Jan. 11) by Lamar's label and management company, Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar explains the importance of mentorship on his own life and shares photos from that meeting.
"As a kid, having a mentor was vital to me. Always been there when it counted, allowed me to make some of the most important decisions while growing up," he says. "So it's only right that I mentor a younger person with the same wisdom that was given to me. 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 continues, saying he and Obama talked about this, as well as "topics concerning the inner cities, the problem, the solutions and further more embracing the youth, both being aware that mentoring saves lives."
The Compton rapper encourages others to participate in "paying it forward" with mentorship programs such as MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and others through Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative.
"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," Lamar says.
Watch the video here: