watch kendrick lamar perform 'alright' for obama at the white house fourth of july bash
From Compton to Congress.
Last year, President Obama said his favorite song of 2015 was "How Much A Dollar Cost" off of Kendrick Lamar's third studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly. The overtly political album is Lamar's reflection on what it means to be a black man with power, and struggle to improve a system that is built against people of color. It's incredibly powerful that Obama validated these strong sentiments — real recognize real. For the Fourth of July, President Obama invited Lamar to play five songs at the White House: "Swimming Pools", "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe", "Poetic Justice", "ADHD", and "Alright." The best part? The whole set was kicked off with one of the more famous samples from TPAB: "Obama say what it do?".
The sample comes from "Hood Politics", a song about how our political system commodifies gangsterism, and ends with Lamar directly addressing Obama. Watch the complete set below:
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