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?”

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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