Watch: Hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar shares powerful message on mentorship

The Grammy-nominated rapper speaks on the importance of being a mentor in a new video called "Pay It Forward."
Jan 13, 2016

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  • Rapper Kendrick Lamar dropped the album widely acclaimed as 2015's best and garnered 11 nominations for next month's Grammy Awards - but long before all that, he had a mentor.

  • And Lamar speaks on the importance of such guidance in "Pay It Forward," a PSA supporting the National Mentoring Partnership.

  • "Sometimes I reflect and think back," Lamar says in the video, posted Monday. "Where would I be if I didn't have the presence of an older acquaintance telling me what's right and what's wrong, telling me the pros and cons of every move I was about to make, telling me the best ways to plan success for my future?"

  • Lamar continues by detailing a recent visit with President Barack Obama at the White House. Mashable noted talking points included the inner cities and mentorship, "both being aware that mentoring saves lives."

  • BuzzFeed reported Lamar "had butterflies" during their meeting.

  • In the PSA, Lamar says paying it forward means giving guidance like he received.

  • "It's only right that I mentor a younger person with the same wisdom that was given to me," Lamar states. "If it helps the next kid become a better person in life, I will forever be aware of my influence and pay it forward."

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  • Lamar closes the clip by encouraging others to do the same.

  • According to Billboard, organizations like NMP and Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative provide opportunities to mentor.

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Payton Davis is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

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