POTUS and Kendrick Lamar Had a Sit-Down Meeting in the Oval Office (Yes, Really)
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When you’re Kendrick Lamar, you get to do cool things. Some days, you’re performing in sold-out arenas, and other days, you get to meet with the president of the United States.

Rolling Stone reports that the To Pimp a Butterfly rapper recently sat down with President Obama to discuss the importance of mentoring among 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,” Lamar says in a video promoting his Pay It Forward mentoring program. “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.”

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In an interview with BuzzFeed, the White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said that the two had a pleasant meeting.

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“You know what the president said to him?” Jarrett said on BuzzFeed’s Another Round podcast. “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?’”

It sounds like the there’s a mutual admiration between POTUS and Lamar—it was just last month that President Obama told PEOPLE that his favorite song of last year was Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost.” 

Check out pics from Lamar’s interview in the video below, and prepared to be jealous.