Kendrick Lamar Sits Down With President Obama

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: Kendrick Lamar performs during the Cleveland Cavaliers & Turner Sports Home Opener Fan Fest on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)

When asked what his favorite song of 2015 was, President Obama was quick to announce that it was Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost.” Now, a month later, the platinum-selling rapper had a chance to meet face-to-face with his number one Fan-In-Chief.

In a PSA video released Monday, you can see the two talking and embracing in the Oval Office. The PSA promotes the “Pay It Forward” mentorship program for President Obama’s initiative, “My Brothers Keeper.”

“I look where I’m at today and realize that most of my success is owed to the mentors that was in my life,” Lamar narrates over black-and-white video of him and a young boy playing basketball. “I sat down with President Barack Obama and shared the same views, topics concerning the inner cities, the problem, the solutions, and further more embracing the youth, both being aware that mentoring saves lives,” revealed Lamar. “Sometimes I reflect and think back, ‘Where would I be if I hadn’t had the presence of an older acquaintance telling me what’s right and what’s wrong?’”

The end of video urged viewers to become mentors and to support “My Brother’s Keeper,” the President’s initiative that aims to create opportunities for young men of color. According to the White House, “My Brother’s Keeper” is focused on six major “milestones,” including making sure students have a healthy start to their day, learn to read by 8 years old, and graduate high school ready for college.

Pictured:  Kendrick Lamar performs during the Cleveland Cavaliers & Turner Sports Home Opener Fan Fest on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)