Kendrick Lamar, Swizz Beatz & More Say Their Goodbyes to President Obama

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Kendrick Lamar on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. 

On Friday (Jan. 20), Barack Obama will vacate The White House after serving eight years as the President of the United States. Because of his admiration for the hip-hop culture, he has gained a multitude of supporters, most notably, Kendrick Lamar.

The Compton rapper sent his well wishes to Obama on Twitter. "@potus We really gonna miss you champ. The good you've done & opportunity's you've given. Truly never know what we got til its gone. Thank u," he tweeted.

Lamar and Obama have built a strong friendship over the last few years. Last year, Obama said he preferred Lamar over Drake during an interview with YouTube sensation Adande Thorne. "Gotta go with Kendrick," Obama answered. "I think Drake is an outstanding entertainer, Kendrick… his lyrics, his last album, was outstanding. Best album, I think, of last year." Lamar also visited The White House and spent some quality time with the 44th President of the United States last year.

“The way people look at me these days -- that’s the same way I looked at President Obama before I met him," he said in his February 2016 cover story with Billboard. "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.”

In addition to Lamar, other prominent figures in the hip-hop community sent Obama their final goodbyes. Take a look at some of the posts below by Swizz Beatz, Janelle Monae, and T.I.

 

Thank you for everything,on so many levels. #GoodbyeObamas #USorELSE

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"The one true king and queen of the North." ----

A photo posted by Janelle Monáe (@janellemonae) on

 

✌-- ----❤ Blessings

A photo posted by therealswizzz (@therealswizzz) on

 

One mo' time 'fa da road y'all... #GoodbyeObamas #USorELSE

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