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Kendrick Lamar Says the World Owes President Barack Obama

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCKendrick Lamar says  the world owes President Barack Obama for accepting hip-hop into the White House. 

"I think the word, not just hip-hop owes him. We all have to give him his credit due for even allowing us into the building," he tells XXL magazine.

The rapper was talking about Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, which among other things invited rappers into the White House for a discussion of criminal justice reform.

"We would probably never get inside that house ever again. Think about it like that. Rick RossColeNicki Minaj, he really went for us to come experience it," the rapper told the publication. 

"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 ya'll see how this thing works and I 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."   

Kendrick also mentions several qualities about the president that he hopes to emulate in his life, while also reminding fans that Obama is a regular human being just like the rest of us.  

"I meet a lot of people in high places and sometimes they get so detached from the world and from the people, they don't even know how to interact with you. Basically watching him interact with my mother, my little niece, myself as a human, I think that's the greatest thing."  

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