Kendrick Lamar says the world owes Obama. Not only for being one of the greatest presidents that America has ever seen, or being our very first Black president, but for bringing the boom bap sound of Hip-Hop into the White house.

XXL recently got a chance to kick it with Lamar backstage of his performance at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg secret pop-up show with American Express. They asked the “Poetic Justice” rapper his opinion on what President Obama has done for Hip-Hop in the last eight years.

“I think the world, not just hip-hop owes him,” Lamar said. “We all have to give him his credit due for even allowing us into the building. We would probably never get inside that house ever again. Think about it like that. Rick Ross, Cole, Nicki Minaj, he really went for us to come experience it. This is something our grandparents always wanted to see, never thought in a million years, but [we can] pass it down to our generation to say, ‘Alright, I’m in here and I’m finna use my power to let y’all see how this thing works and I’mma drop some knowledge on y’all that a man can’t drop on everybody else ’cause y’all have the most influence.’”

Read the rest of the interview on XXL here.

Lamar also praised Obama’s personable attitude, saying “you look at him as such a high figure in the world, but for him to embrace you and have a connection with you further than just being the President and make you feel like an actual friend,” was “one of his best characteristics.”

I couldn’t agree more with K. Dot, I mean MY president was hanging out with my favorite rapper, Jay Z. Definitely a historical and emotional moment for me, if that is not re-writing American history, I don’t know what is!

Maybe we’ll see Kanye and Trump hanging in the White House in 2017 (*rolls eyes*).

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