US President Barack Obama shakes hands with peformer Kendrick Lamar during an Independence Day Celebration for military membe
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Barack Obama's time as our president is coming to a heartbreaking end, and pals like Kendrick Lamar are thanking him for all of the incredible things he's done. In an interview with XXL, the Compton artist explained why "the world, not just hip-hop, owes him ... for even allowing us into the building."

Lamar continued:

"We would probably never get inside that house ever again. Rick RossColeNicki Minaj, he really went for us to come experience it. 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’mma drop some knowledge on y’all that a man can’t drop on everybody else ’cause y’all have the most influence.’"

The "Alright" star also commented on Obama's humble personality. "You look at him as such a high figure in the world," he said. "But for him to embrace you and have a connection with you further than just being the president and make you feel like an actual friend." 

K-Dot and Obama have shared many moments over the years, with the president calling To Pimp a Butterfly deep cut “How Much a Dollar Cost" his favorite song of 2015. The two met for the first time in the Oval Office in January to discuss the importance of mentorship and embracing the youth.

Read the rest of the XXL interview here. Next up, watch us catch up with Kendrick Lamar at his Reebok sneaker release: