Kendrick Lamar Parties With The President, Releases Reebok Classics Rap
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:43:31
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Beyoncé and John Legend were amongst a host of stars who joined President Barack Obama to celebrate his 55th birthday at a White House party on Friday August 5th. Performances at the party were given by Usher and Stevie Wonder.
The president's birthday party was Lamar's third trip to the White House in 2016. Last month, he performed at the White House's annual Fourth of July cookout. In January, he met with President Obama to discuss his "Pay it Forward" campaign, and to address topics concerning inner cities. President Obama recently name-checked Kendrick Lamar as his favorite rapper.
The First Family's relationship with Jay Z and Beyoncé dates back over eight years, since the two artists were outspoken supporters during Obama's first run for president in 2008. Beyoncé sang Etta James' "At Last" at the Neighborhood Ball following his first inauguration. Four years later, she sang the Star-Spangled Banner at the end of his second inauguration.
Lamar has been busy recently - also appearing in a new video for Reebok Classic. The rapper shares a short freestyle addressing his sound, his style and his collaboration with the company. Earlier this year Lamar designed the Classic Leather "Perfect Split". In the Nabil-directed video he describes the commonalities in his approach to making music and designing footwear.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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