After President Obama revealed that his favorite song of 2015 was Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost,” he invited the rapper to hang out with him at the White House.
Per Rolling Stone, Barack and K.Dot had a sit down about the importance of mentorship as part of the Pay It Forward program, which encourages mentoring inner city youth. "I look at where I'm at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life," Kendrick says in a Pay It Forward video about the experience. "I sat down with President Barack Obama and shared the same views. Topics concerning the inner cities, the problems, the solutions, and furthermore embracing the youth, both being aware that mentoring saves lives."
The rapper was understandably nervous to meet the leader of the free world. Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett shared in an interview with Buzzfeed, "You know what the president said to him? [Because Lamar] was a little nervous — bless his heart, he's really a very nice young man, and the president said, 'Can you believe that we're both sitting in this Oval Office?'"
A new friendship is born.